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Christiane Nusslein-Volhard


Christiane is a German biologist who co-won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on the genetic control on embryonic development.

She was able to identify genes using fruit fly embryos and by using small amounts of radiation, mutate them. This gave scientists a better idea of cells and evolution.

With her Nobel prize money, Christiane set up a fund to help pay for childcare and cleaners for women scientist.

3 Things We Love About Christiane: 

  • Her parents were musicians but she preferred plants and animals. She knew she wanted to be a biologist at the age of twelve. 
  • We’ve heard that she is an excellent cook and sometimes she would bring meals to feed the people at the lab. 
  • She’started the Christiane Nusslein-Volhard Foundation to help young female German scientists with children. 

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