Gerty Cori (1896-1957)

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First woman to be awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine or Physiology. She was an American biochemist whose pioneering work involved the discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen is broken down in muscle tissue to form lactic acid and resynthesized in the body and stored as a form of energy. This cycle is known as the Cori cycle as such.

Reference: Accessed April 8th 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerty_Cori

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