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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