ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

From Turin to Stockholm via St. Louis and Rio de Janeiro

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Science  04 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5454, pp. 809
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5454.809

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Rita Levi-Montalcini was born in 1909 in Turin. A medical doctor and neurobiologist, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1986, together with Stanley Cohen, "for their discoveries of growth factors." In this essay, she recounts her story of her life and research during the second world war in Italy, where she set up a laboratory in her bedroom to continue her research, and after the war in St. Louis and Rio de Janeiro.