Chase, Martha


(1927 - August 8, 2003) Also known as Martha C. Epstein, an American geneticist and member of the team whose experiments showed that DNA, and not protein, comprises genetic material. Chase received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 1964, but her scientific career ended shortly thereafter due to illness, and she suffered from debilitating short-term memory loss until her death in 2003.

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