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    Thank you for reminding us about Barbara McClintock.  You actually understate her brilliance.  The most remarkable thing she did was to predict how genes interact and even rearrange themselves, decades BEFORE Watson and Crick published the structure of DNA.  This is analogous to someone from a pre-literate society predicting how books would be published, before the invention of the printing press.  She could only win one Nobel Prize, and it came late, but her insight has been called "so deep it borders on mystical".  Thanks again.

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