McClintock at 100--Reason to Celebrate

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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 62-63
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065413

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The Tangled Field Barbara McClintock's Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control. Nathaniel C. Comfort. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001. 357 pp. $37.50, £25.95. ISBN 0-674-00456-6.

Comfort focuses on the development and context of McClintock's research. He argues that, contrary to current opinion, her work on transposition was both understood and appreciated, although her ideas on "controlling elements" failed to convince her colleagues.