Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi Montalcini, Italian Nobel prize winner and senator for life in 2005. (AP Photo)

Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

ROME (AP) — Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103.