Italian neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini is born

Italian neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini is born

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  • Interview Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1986

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Levi-Montalcini discovered the nerve growth factor, which stimulates and influences both the normal and abnormal growth of nerve cells in the body. Rita found it when she was looking for a chemical exuded by tumors that produced growth of nerve fibers. It was one of the first described growth factors.

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