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Lesser-known scientific discoveries, and the women behind them

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It’s International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to
explore the works of some of the world’s greatest female scientists
with Braincraft.

We all know that euphoric feelings come from our central nervous system
as it produces endorphins, but do you ever stop to think about who made
this discovery, and how? Vanessa Hill is here with the latest episode of BrainCraft
to introduce you to Candace Pert, an American neuroscientist who
discovered our brain’s opiate receptor – where our body’s natural
painkillers and endorphins bond with cells and make us feel great – way
back in 1972. As a graduate student, no less.
You’ll often hear about little caps on the end of your DNA called
telomeres that protect our chromosomes. As we age, and our cells divide
over and over and over again, these telomeres grow shorter, and short
telomeres have been associated with age-related illnesses and
mortality. 
In 1984, Australia’s own Elizabeth Blackburn was instrumental
in discovering telomerase, which is an enzyme that actually repairs
shortened telomeres. You can probably imagine how massive the impact of
this discovery was for medicine, as Vanessa explains in the video below.

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Watch the latest episode of BrainCraft
to discover the facts behind some of the most significant scientific
discoveries in the past few decades, and the amazing women behind them. 
Source: BrainCraft

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