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Make pituitary hormone

A pituitary hormone goes from labor drug to love drug.

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October 17, 1953 | Vol. 64 | No. 16

Make pituitary hormone

Synthesis for the first time of a hormone from the pituitary, often called the body’s master gland and famous source of the anti-arthritis ACTH, is announced by Dr. Vincent du Vigneaud and associates of Cornell University Medical College at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York.

Word received in Washington, D.C., was heard with amazement by scientists of the Smithsonian Institution, as if someone had announced the discovery of a living dinosaur. But the strange find is attested by the word of colleagues “down under” known to be competent and hard to fool. It

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