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Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres
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Brady's stories tell us about a prize-winning scientist, a professional woman, and a humble person driven by voracious curiosity. She captures and unleashes into print the combination of creativity, passion, and pugnaciousness that makes Elizabeth Blackburn such an inspiration. -- Kathleen Collins, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley Brady"s stories tell us about a prize-winning scientist, a professional woman, and a humble person driven by voracious curiosity. She captures and unleashes into print the combination of creativity, passion, and pugnaciousness that makes Elizabeth Blackburn such an inspiration. -- Kathleen Collins, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley In this superb biography of superstar molecular biologist, Elizabeth Blackburn, Catherine Brady tells exactly how Blackburn made her great discoveries. She also reveals the traits of mind and educational experiences that make Blackburn such a great scientist: a life-long passion for nature, brilliance, creativity, a superb postdoctoral mentor, single-mindedness bordering on obsession, andas a woman in a man"s worldthe wisdom to hide her vast ambition beneath the guise of a sweet, well-behaved young lady. An inspiring account of a real-life heroine, and a lesson in how to conduct Nobel-quality research. -- Nancy Hopkins, Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology, MIT

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Catherine Brady is Assistant Professor in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of two collections of short stories, The End of the Class War and Curled in the Bed of Love (a winner of the 2002 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction).

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Incorporating significant material from interviews with molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn and several others close to her and her work, this biography examines both personal and professional aspects of Blackburn's life. Following a woman scientist whose career began in the 1970s, gender issues experienced by women in science are logically addressed, but they are only one aspect in the larger story of Blackburn's experiences and contributions. The narrative touches on many different concerns scientists must navigate during their careers, including publishing and establishing precedents, balancing career and family, and negotiating the politics of academia, laboratories, public policy, and public opinion. Notes on Brady, a professor in the MFA in writing program at the University of San Francisco, do not indicate any science background; however, the text includes a great deal of information about Blackburn's scientific discoveries, providing a wealth of detail in an accessible manner. Recommended for academic libraries, especially those with collection interests in women in science or history of science.-Barbarly Korper McConnell, California State Univ., Fullerton Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Catherine Brady's Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres offers a commanding account of an inspiring effort to overcome gender bias along with advice about doing science, conquering academic politics, and taking responsible positions on science policy. -Science
Although Blackburn is certainly not an average woman scientist, there are many features of her journey that others who are interested in medical science-women and men alike-will connect with. -New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Medicine * Reviews *
Catherine Brady's Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres offers a commanding account of an inspiring effort to overcome gender bias along with advice about doing science, conquering academic politics, and taking responsible positions on science policy. -Science * Reviews *

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