Professor proves textbooks wrong on steroid protein - MedicalXpress.com

Assistant professor of animal science Vimal Selvaraj inadvertently courted controversy when he published a paper last October refuting long-held beliefs about a protein assumed to be essential to the production of steroids. His research stirred debate among endocrinology researchers and pharmaceutical companies who had spent decades – and millions of dollars – targeting the wrong protein in their quest to create treatments for hormone disorders.

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Other authors include Kanako Morohaku, Tohoku University, Japan; Ronald Butler, Cornell professor of animal science; Susanne Pelton, Cornell researcher, animal science; and Pulak Manna and Douglas Stocco of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The research received no federal funding.

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