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Rita Levi-Montalcini

As a woman growing up in early 20th-century Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini was expected to marry, not pursue an education. Against the objections of her father, she attended Turin School of Medicine, graduating wi… (See Below for Full Description)
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As a woman growing up in early 20th-century Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini was expected to marry, not pursue an education. Against the objections of her father, she attended Turin School of Medicine, graduating with honors as an M.D. But her hopes of an academic position vanished with the fascist Italian government's persecution of the Jews in the late 1930s and early 1940s. At the risk of her own life, Levi-Montalcini continued studying how the body's nervous system develops and discovered the nerve growth factor, a protein that controls the growth of neurons and is required for their survival. Building upon her findings, she and a host of other researchers unearthed a whole class of compounds that are intimately involved in every stage of a cell's or an organism's life, from conception to death. Today, scientists are still exploring the implications of her work, from cancer treatments to Alzheimer's disease management to research on birth defects, and more. As Rita Levi-Montalcini shows, this woman's incredible persistence and faith in herself allowed her to persevere through tough opposition and earn a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-6171-6
ISBN-10 816061718
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Makers of Modern Science
Author Lisa Yount
Publication Date 3/1/2009
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Chelsea House
Specifications Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Chronology. Sidebars. Glossary. Internet resources. Further reading. Index.
Available Formats Print

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