40 Unstoppable Women Who Are Changing the World

37. Elizabeth Blackburn

“Challenges in medicine are moving from ‘Treat the symptoms after the house is on fire’ to ‘Can we preserve the house intact?”

A biological researcher who became the recipient of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine when she co-discovered telomerase, an enzyme able to repair and protect the telomeres of a chromosome.

Sound complicated? Not for this modern-day science sensation.