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Rita Levi-Montalcini

  • Published3 Mar 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian-American neurologist, discovered a protein that nerves need to grow, aptly named nerve growth factor. The work earned her and collaborator Stanley Cohen the 1986 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

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