Goodbye Rita

Italian scientist and Nobel prizewinner Rita Levi-Montalcini passed away today at the age of 103.

Rita was of Jewish origin and I remember reading in her biography how, during World War II, she was concealing in the Alps with her brother. Far from the city (and from the university) they had only self-roared chickens as food, but Rita continued her researches on chicken embryos that were then eaten after the experiments in a typical italian dish named 'frittata'. Later, these researches led to the discovery of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor). I should remember Rita's resilience and dedication to life sciences each time I feel post-doctoral life being too insecure and unstable. Thank you Rita.