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A lab of her own

35 mins | Dec 15, 2021
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Real passion finds a way. Sheltered in her bedroom during WWII, Rita Levi-Montalcini discovered how the nervous system is wired. She later became a Nobel laureate, honoured for her neurobiology discovery of nerve growth factors. Bob Goldstein, the head of a biology research lab at the University of North Carolina, explores the inspiring story of Levi-Montalcini and her incredible perseverance despite adversity and how her bedroom discoveries have helped us to understand how our nerves connect, allowing us to walk and see and feel. “Today, few people — even very few scientists — know what it was that Levi-Montalcini uncovered in her bedroom lab in Turin. Textbooks cite her courage but rarely her wartime discoveries, which are usually credited to others. Levi-Montalcini earned a Nobel Prize for scientific accomplishments that she made after the war. But when she died in 2012, at age 103, she left behind only a little writing about her experiences during the war, along with some rarely read technical articles from the time, published in Italian and French.”
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