Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, 103, dies in Rome

The Italian neurologist and "senator for life" Rita Levi Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize winner for Medicine in 1986, died in Rome. She was 103. Rome's mayor says the biologist, who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution, and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in the city. More at the Associated Press. (HT: @csanz)


  1. More interestingly, she often repeated in her interviews how her long life was due to regular treatment with the Nerve Growth Factor she discoveried herself.

    I don’t think that was an officially-sanctioned protocol… does anybody know more?

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