Only 5% of Nobel Laureates are women. Dorothy Hodgkin is the only British female ever to win a Nobel Prize for science. The Medical Research Council boasts 29 Nobel prize winners, all male, but the organisation is addressing the underrepresentation of women scientist leaders by pioneering a science-heirloom scheme to promote women in science. Dame Sally Davies was awarded a jewellery heirloom on the centenary of International Women's Day last year, just after she became the first female Chief Medical Officer for England. Today she passes her heirloom on to Dr Nicole Soranzo, whose research team are actively scouring the human genome to identify the genetic components of cardiovascular disease, today's leading global killer. Nicole and ten other heirloom recipients will pass on their jewellery to women scientists they would like to promote in 2014.
Written by Brona McVittie
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