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Tuesday 22 July 2014

'Loss for humanity' as Nobel Prize-winning biologist dies at 103

Published 31/12/2012|05:00

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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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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