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Mario Capecchi

1937 - Today

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Mario Ramberg Capecchi (born 6 October 1937) is an Italian-born molecular geneticist and a co-awardee of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, known as knockout mice. He shared the prize with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mario Capecchi has received more than 277,504 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Mario Capecchi is the 149th most popular biologist (down from 131st in 2019), the 1,324th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,294th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Biologist.

Mario Capecchi is most famous for his work in the field of gene targeting. He developed a technique for using homologous recombination to disrupt the function of a gene in mice.

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Among biologists, Mario Capecchi ranks 149 out of 841Before him are Robert Whittaker, Desmond Morris, Charles Scott Sherrington, Susumu Tonegawa, Theodor Escherich, and John James Audubon. After him are Mikhail Tsvet, J. Michael Bishop, Jakob von Uexküll, Olaus Rudbeck, Johan Christian Fabricius, and Paul Greengard.

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Among people born in 1937, Mario Capecchi ranks 66Before him are Sigmund Jähn, Tamara Bunke, Karel Schwarzenberg, Hélène Cixous, Vladimir Arnold, and George Takei. After him are Angelo Badalamenti, Valentin Pavlov, Robert B. Wilson, Yılmaz Güney, Joseph Nye, and Fernando de la Rúa.

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Among people born in Italy, Mario Capecchi ranks 1,324 out of 4,668Before him are Timaeus of Locri (-200), Tito Gobbi (1913), Lambert of Italy (880), Alessandro Valignano (1539), Pietro Della Valle (1586), and Piero Manzoni (1933). After him are Renata Scotto (1934), Mikhail Tsvet (1872), Andreas Hofer (1767), Orcagna (1315), Louis II, Elector of Brandenburg (1328), and Gianni Morandi (1944).


Among biologists born in Italy, Mario Capecchi ranks 6Before him are Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729), Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522), Gabriele Falloppio (1523), Giovanni Sartori (1924), and Salvador Luria (1912). After him are Mikhail Tsvet (1872), Renato Dulbecco (1914), Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (1922), Odoardo Beccari (1843), Carlo Allioni (1728), and Giuseppe Acerbi (1773).