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Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovering the molecular nature of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that serve as protective caps for preserving genetic information, and for co-discovering telomerase, an enzyme that maintains telomere ends. She is the former president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovering the molecular nature of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that serve as protective caps for preserving genetic information, and for co-discovering telomerase, an enzyme that maintains telomere ends. She is the former president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.