Italy’s Nobel winning ‘Lady of the Cells’ dies at 103
Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research during World War II 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 on Sunday. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years.
Photo: Rita Levi Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986 for her discovery of nerve growth factor, the first substance known to regulate the growth of cells, in a Feb. 23, 2007, file photo. (Fabio Campana / EPA file)