As far as 30 years ago it was taught, unfortunately also at school, that the nervous system is a static thing, that is born and dies, without growing; than the nerves once injured, they no longer regenerate.

Fortunately this is not the case and, if we know the truth, we owe it to a great scientist: Rita Levi-Montalcini.

She was responsible for the discovery of the neuronal growth factor (NGF) but not only: his is also a good science story, love, struggle and tenacity that we now tell you.

Rita was born in Turin in 1902 from a very interesting family: the father, Adamo Levi, Minutes, Minutes, Minutes. Minutes, Minutes.

We are still in the early 1900s and Rita's father has very precise ideas about the role of women as a wife and mother and what her daughter should have done.

Nevertheless, Minutes.

He graduates with full marks 6 Minutes.

His career was booming, Minutes.

In 1938 Minutes; Rita was a Sephardic Jew, Like this, with all his family, they are forced to emigrate to Belgium, where she also finds her teacher, Giuseppe Levi, Minutes.

Then Belgium is invaded by the Nazis, Minutes.

Rita Levi-Montalcini could no longer attend university at that point, but he did not want to abandon his research anyway and decided to set up a mini home laboratory, with Giuseppe Levi as his assistant. In that time, this famous scientist was making research history by stealing chicken embryos, or chicks, extirpating the limbs and studying their regeneration; Minutes.

No, don't even try to do the same!

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In 1941 Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti, Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti. Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti; Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

We are in 1944 and the allies liberate Italy. Thus Rita joins the Anglo-American medical front, but he immediately realizes that it is not his vocation: extremely hard work, both physically and mentally. Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

In fact, in 1946 is invited to America, to the Department of Zoology of Washington University, where he can continue his research on chicken embryos, but with an upgrade: begins to graft cancer cells where the limb was removed. The results are amazing: Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

And then, in 1954 begins collaborating with his biochemist student Stanley Cohen, and together they discover the existence of a tumor nucleoprotein capable of stimulating the proliferation of nerve fibers. This protein is called NGF (neuronal growth factor), Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti 1986.

It ends here? No, Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

Rita Levi-Montalcini in her life has received numerous assignments and honors: from being appointed FAO ambassador, the Medal for Scientific Honor awarded by US President Ronald Reagan, Turin is bombed and the Levi-Montalcinis have to move again to their sister's estate near Asti.

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We like to remember it with this sentence: “The brain: if you grow it it works. If you let it go and retire it, it weakens. Its plasticity is formidable. For this we must continue to think.”