01 Jan '13, 7pm

Rita Levi-Montalcini made her own dissection instruments from sewing needles & smuggled mice onto planes in her handbag

Rita Levi-Montalcini made her own dissection instruments from sewing needles & smuggled mice onto planes in her handbag

Rita Levi-Montalcini, who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her contribution to the discovery of nerve growth factor. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti. Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini died on Sunday, December 30th in Rome, at the age of 103. Levi-Montalcini shared the 1986 Nobel Prize for Medicine, for her contribution to the discovery of nerve growth factor. Her work gave profound insights into how the nervous system regulates the number and growth of cells during its development, and opened up hopeful avenues of research into cancer, embryology, nerve regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases which continue to this day. Levi-Montalcini began her illustrious career in the face of huge adversity. Born into a wealthy Jewish family in Turin, she studied medicine despite her father's opposition, and upon her graduation in 1936 decided to pu...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/neurophilosophy/2013/ja...

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