A Life in Science, with Elizabeth Blackburn

Two young scientists met with a Nobel laureate at the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer in Germany to discuss career choices

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Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn grew up in Hobart on the Australian island of Tasmania. It was a long journey from there to a Nobel prize and the lab she runs at the University of California in San Francisco.

Malaria researcher Clare Smith, an early-career scientist who attended this year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, is also a Hobart girl, and she's trying to decide whether to follow in Blackburn's footsteps and move overseas after she finishes her PhD.

Karina Zillner is from Germany. Like Clare, she's in the final stages of a PhD. She's developed a method for analysing sections of repetitive DNA. Karina hopes her technique might be used in Blackburn's lab, where they study telomeres—repetitive sections of DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes.

Check out this video to listen in on the conversation among all three scientists.

» For more on how Nobelists are inspiring young scientists, view the Lindau Collection on

» Check out the latest issue of Nature Outlook, which examines the areas of biomedical science that challenge and inspire these pre-eminent investigators.


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