SALT LAKE CITY, UT – University of Utah geneticist Mario Capecchi got a bonus after winning the Nobel Prize for medicine last fall: He learned he has a younger sister.
Capecchi, 70, and half-sister Marlene Bonelli, 69, met last month in northern Italy. It was technically a reunion, but really more of an introduction; they were too young to remember when they were separated in the early days of World War II.
Bonelli had long believed that Capecchi and their mother had died in the war, he told The Salt Lake Tribune. (more…)