Rita Levi-Montalcini: Discoverer of Nerve Growth Factor

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Overview

Makers of Modern Science is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists who made notable contributions to the advancement of science and society. Each volume covers a scientist whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the scientific principles and personal struggles underlying his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816061716
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Makers of Modern Science Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface x

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xiv

1 Shaping a Life 1

A Colorful Family 1

Preparing a New Path 6

A Powerful Mentor 8

Giuseppe Levi (1872-1965): Pioneer Histologist and Mentor to Nobel Prize Winners 10

Nerve Cells under Glass 12

2 Laboratory "à Ia Robinson Crusoe" 15

Gathering Clouds 15

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945): Dictatorial "Leader" 16

The Racial Laws 22

Home Laboratory 24

In the Mountains 28

3 Years in Hiding 31

Flight to Florence 32

Dangerous Times: The Jews in Occupied Italy 32

Life Underground 35

The Partisans: Italy's Resistance Movement 37

The Refugees' Doctor 39

4 A Semester's Visit 42

Salvador Luria (1912-1991) and Renato Dulbecco (1914- ): Genetics Pioneers 43

A Fresh Start 45

Two Fields Converge 47

An End to Discouragement 53

Genetics: The Roots of Inheritance 54

5 Halo of Nerves 59

Puzzling Experiments 60

Convincing Evidence 63

Revelations in Rio 64

Tissue Culture: Keeping Cells Alive 66

A Masked Figure Appears 71

6 "Together We Are Wonderful" 74

Stanley Cohen (1922- ): Discoverer of Growth Factors 75

Lucky Snakebite 77

Proteins: Workhorses of the Cell 80

A New Source of Nerve Growth Factor 82

Effects on Living Animals 83

7 Return to Rome 86

Going Home 87

Discoveries and Disappointments 89

Genetic Engineering: Slicing and Dicing Genes 90

Links to Many Systems 95

Hormones: Long-Distance Signals 98

Expanding Horizons 100

8 "If You Stop Working, You Are Dead" 102

Flood of Honors 103

An Active Life 104

The Links Strengthen 107

Psychoneuroimmunology: Connecting Mind and Body 110

Nerve Growth Factor in Health andDisease 113

Growth Factors and Cancer 115

A Turning Point in Medicine 118

Conclusion: Answering Many Questions 120

Guiding Growth 121

Apoptosis: Death as a Part of Life 122

Coordinating Defense 123

Protecting against Disease 125

Chronology 126

Glossary 131

Further Resources 135

Index 142

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