The death of Nobel-prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini has been called “a great loss for all of humanity” by the mayor of Rome, where she was living when she died yesterday. Doctor Levi-Montalcini shared the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1986 for her landmark research at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research into the structure of cells focused on the development of nerves that regulate heart rate, gland secretions, blood pressure and other involuntary functions of the body. She was 103 years old when she died and continued to do research until shortly before her death.
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