'Loss for humanity' as Nobel Prize-winning biologist dies at 103
Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00
Rita Levi-Montalcini (pictured), a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping to unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, who announced her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity".
Her research increased the understanding of many conditions, including tumours, developmental malformations and senile dementia.