By Thomas R. Cech

Jennifer Doudna, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Emmanuelle Charpentier a few days ago, grew up in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Turning over rocks in the tidepools and leaves in the rainforest to see what was on the other side, she already as a child displayed the curiosity that would drive her later science.

I first met Jennifer when she was a graduate student at Harvard and stopped by my Boulder office on a cross-country trip. She explained that her PhD…

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