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Author Comfort, Nathaniel C.,
Title The tangled field : Barbara McClintock's search for the patterns of genetic control / Nathaniel C. Comfort.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition First Harvard University Press edition.

Author Comfort, Nathaniel C.,
Subject McClintock, Barbara, 1902-1992.
Women geneticists -- United States -- Biography.
Women in science -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (x, 337 pages) : illustrations
Edition First Harvard University Press edition.
Note Originally published: 2001.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-320) and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary This biographical study illuminates the important yet misunderstood figure of Barbara McClintock, the Nobel Prize winning geneticist. Comfort replaces the myth with a new story, rich with new understandings of women in science.
This biographical study illuminates one of the most important yet misunderstood figures in the history of science. Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), a geneticist who integrated classical genetics with microscopic observations of the behavior of chromosomes, was regarded as a genius and as an unorthodox, nearly incomprehensible thinker. In 1946, she discovered mobile genetic elements, which she called "controlling elements." Thirty-seven years later, she won a Nobel Prize for this work, becoming the third woman to receive an unshared Nobel in science. Since then, McClintock has become an emblem of feminine scientific thinking and the tragedy of narrow-mindedness and bias in science. Using McClintock's research notes, newly available correspondence, and dozens of interviews with McClintock and others, Comfort argues that McClintock's work was neither ignored in the 1950s nor wholly accepted two decades later. Nor was McClintock marginalized by scientists; throughout the decades of her alleged rejection, she remained a distinguished figure in her field. Comfort replaces the "McClintock myth" with a new story, rich with implications for our understanding of women in science and scientific creativity.
Note English.
ISBN 9780674029828 (electronic bk.)
0674029828 (electronic bk.)
0674011082
9780674011083
OCLC # 433545384
Additional Format Print version: Comfort, Nathaniel C. Tangled field. Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2003 0674011082 (OCoLC)51481640



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