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Elizabeth Blackburn
2009 Physiology or Medicine

* 1948 Hobart, Tasmania


Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn is an Australian-American Nobel laureate.
She was a biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco,
who studied the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome.
In 1984, Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere, with Carol W. Greider.
For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine,
sharing it with Greider and Jack W. Szostak, becoming the first Australian woman Nobel laureate.

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