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Maxine Singer is a renowned biochemist and former president of the Carnegie Institution (1988-2002). She is also associated with the National Cancer Institute as Scientist Emeritus.
Singer’s research contributions have ranged over several areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, including chromatin structure, the structure and evolution of defective viruses, and enzymes that work on DNA and its complementary molecule, RNA. Around 1960 she collaborated intensely with her NIH colleague Marshall Nirenberg in the elucidation of the genetic code. In recent years, her foremost contributions have been in studies of a large family of repeated DNA sequences called LINES-sequences interspersed many times in mammalian DNA.
Source-Carnegie Institute of Washington http://www.carnegieinstitution.org/singer/default.html