Hereditary polycystic kidney disease is prevalent in the breed, affecting almost half the population in some countries.
Speaking in London, the Nobel laureate said: "They claimed [Ms Bani Yaghoub] committed suicide in prison, which is a lie.
In prison they even take your watchbands and shoelaces from you. The question is who is responsible for these illegal actions?
An Iran expert who had searched for it as well confirmed her inability to find it.
As several people have observed, there is no legal ban on men and women conversing face-to-face in Iran; long-distance chats seem comparatively antiseptic.
Although the doctor's death last October is widely known among Iranians because they have internet access, the case received only a brief mention in the state-run media.