Arts and Science

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Cover Painting: From the Laboratory of Dr. Barbara McClintock
Elizabeth Turnbull
18 x 25, oil on linen panel

Barbara McClintock first came to Cold Spring Harbor as a visiting investigator in 1941 and was hired as a staff investigator in April 1942.McClintock worked at Cold Spring Harbor for the rest of her career, retiring in 1967 but remaining active in the laboratory until her death in 1992. McClintock had been working on the behavior of chromosomes in maize and was already recognized as one of the worlds top geneticists . In 1944 she became only the third woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 1945 was the first woman president of the Genetics Society. Throughout her time at Cold Spring Harbor, McClintock studied strong patterns of heredity in corn, patterns that could be accounted for by conventional genetics. Instead, she found that there were small pieces of DNA which could move around the corn genome and affect what genes were turned on or off. McClintock called these transposable elements, colloquially known as “jumping genes” ,and it was this research that brought her the Nobel Prize in 1983.It was only the third occasion on which a woman had been the sole recipient.
Professor Jan Witkowski
Executive Director of the Bambury Center at Cold Spring harbor Lab and co-editor of “Double Helix“ by James Watson