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Osamu Shimomura

Difficult times couldn't stop Osamu Shimomura from embarking on a successful research career. Grasping opportunities as they arose, he would later discover Green Fluorescent Protein – which has become an indispensable tool in labs around the world today.


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Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi-Montalcini's path to becoming a researcher was all but a smooth one. But with passion, persistence, and creativity, Rita overcame the obstacles life presented to her and embarked on a journey to study the secrets of the nervous system.


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Barbara McClintock

When genetics was still a niche discipline, American biologist Barbara McClintock set out to study genes and chromosomes in maize. Her experiments revealed that chromosomes are not at all unchangeable, fixed entities.

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