Caltech professor wins national science honor

Jacqueline K. Barton, a chemistry professor at Caltech, has been awarded the prestigious National Medal of Science, becoming the first woman at the Pasadena campus to receive what is considered the federal government’s highest honor to scientists.

According to an announcement Tuesday, the White House cited Barton for her discovery of a new property of the DNA helix and her experiments about long-range electron transfers in DNA. She has built electrical sensors capable of detecting DNA mutations and proteins that can distort DNA, experiments that may aid research in such diseases as colon and breast cancer, officials said.

-- Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

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