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Barbara McClintock: Transposable Elements in Maize

Unexpected scientific discoveries are usually made by people who are so fascinated by the focus of their research that they probe deeply enough to find and illuminate the hitherto unknown lurking within it. They don’t begin their work hoping for acclaim or awards, but immerse themselves in it for the sheer pleasure of knowledge and discovery. (In this sense, it’s very much like free and self-directed play in small children exploring the world around them, and is powered by the same intrinsic motivation to find out why and how things work.)

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