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unger focuses the mind. And hunger is what Mario Capecchi remembers
 

Summary: H
unger focuses the mind. And hunger
is what Mario Capecchi remembers
most from his early childhood,
which was spent on the streets of war-torn
Italy. Today a contender for a Nobel prize,
the geneticist attributes the single-minded-
ness and fearlessness that has underpinned
his scientific success to this formative strug-
gle for survival.
Capecchi, who works at the University of
Utah in Salt Lake City, is fęted for his contri-
bution to methods for selectively knocking
out genes in mice -- widely used to investi-
gate gene function and to create animal
models to study human disease.Yet while he
was conducting the experiments that made
his name, none of Capecchi's peers knew of
hisharrowingchildhoodexperiences.
Whenhespokeoutforthefirsttime,while

  

Source: Alvarado, Alejandro Sánchez - Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine