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" Even if I tried to fill up the stadium in Ramat Gan, I don't think I could. "
" People are obsessed with my haircut; everyone wants to do something with my hair before the ceremony. Very senior figures tell me their hairstylist wants to do my hair for free. It's surprising. People from television are interested almost exclusively in aspects of my hair and my hairdresser. "
" Once, when I tried to calculate the height of the balcony, I broke my arm. Another time, I wanted to see if water moves faster than kerosene. When my father came out to smoke, a fire broke out. "
" I was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a poor family that shared a rented four-room apartment with two additional families and their children. "
" My memories from my childhood are centered on my father's medical conditions alongside my constant desire to understand the principles of the nature around me. "
" I don't walk into the lab in the morning thinking, 'I am a woman, and I will carry out an experiment that will conquer the world.' I am a scientist, not male or female. A scientist. "
" I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father... it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books. "
" There are over 7,000 different types of proteins in typical eukaryotic cells; the total number depends on the cell class and function. "
" At the end of the 1970s, I was a young researcher at the Weizmann Institute with an ambitious plan to shed light on one of the major outstanding questions concerning living cells: the process of protein biosynthesis. "
" I used ribosomes from very, very robust bacteria under very, very active conditions and found a way - I actually took advantage of research done before me at the Weizmann, the same institute I am now - how to preserve their activity and their integrity while they crystallized. "
" The ribosome is a machine that gets instructions from the genetic code and operates chemically in order to produce the product. "
" People always talk about the implication and applications of a process, but for me, the goal is purely about knowledge. Knowledge can become practical today, in 20 years, or in 500 years. Ask Newton. He didn't know there would be space research based on his accident with the apple. "
" My kindergarten teacher encouraged me to learn, as did my school headmaster, who gave me a grant to study. "
" After I spent my compulsory army service in the 'top secret office' of the Medical Forces, where I was fortunate to be exposed to clinical and medical issues, I enrolled to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "
" Proteins are constantly being degraded. Therefore, simultaneous production of proteins is required. "
" DNA is a code of four letters; proteins are made up of amino acids which come in 20 forms. So the ribosome is a very clever machine that reads one language and operates in another. "
" I wanted to reveal how genetic code is translated into protein. I knew a great application could be for antibiotics, since half of the useful ones target the ribosomes, but I didn't believe I could contribute to it. It was like the next Mount Everest to conquer. It was my dream to contribute something to humanity. "
" From the age of 11, I was cleaning floors, washing dishes, making sandwiches and being a cashier. Survival was the name of the game. Life was so hard that I had to struggle to keep up my standards. Under these conditions, I didn't think about science too much. "
" For quite a while, I didn't receive a higher academic status. I didn't feel any discrimination against me as a woman scientist, but I hadn't produced a lot of science journal articles. "
" The world was not supportive. They look at me as a joke for 13 to 14 years until I could prove feasibility; then I had competitors. Those that laughed at me became my competitors. "
" I don't distinguish between men and women. This is irrelevant to me, and I don't think in these terms. "
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" Words originating from the verb 'to die' were frequently used when I described my initial plans to determine the ribosome structure. "
" Many ribosomes act simultaneously along the mRNA, forming superstructures called polysomes. "
" It is a great honor for me to be able to express my sincere gratitude to the Nobel Foundation. "
" During my time I had some very difficult years, and I had very pronounced competition, all by men. "