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22/04/1909 Italian neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini is born

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Interview Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1986

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History of Neuroscience: Rita Levi-Montalcini

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A Conversation with Rita Levi-Montalcini

Levi-Montalcini discovered the nerve growth factor, which stimulates and influences both the normal and abnormal growth of nerve cells in the body. Rita found it when she was looking for a chemical exuded by tumors that produced growth of nerve fibers. It was one of the first described growth factors.
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