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Pituitary hormone

In 1937, the successful isolation of the first of the protein pituitary hormones was published in Science journal. Bovine prolactin (bPRL), the lactogenic hormone, was obtained in pure crystalline form by three doctors at the Yale University School of Medicine. This meticulous, time-consuming work by A. White, H.R. Catchpole and C.N.H. Long was done long before the availability of modern chromatographic methods of analysis and purification. The peanut-sized pituitary gland at the base of the brain is the master endocrine gland in vertebrate animals. Different pituitary hormones control the functioning of most of the body's endocrine glands, stimulate growth and control the water balance of the body. Prolactin was first named for its ability to promote milk production in response to the suckling stimulus of hungry young mammals.«[Ref: White, A., Catchpole, H.R. and Long, C.N.H., 'A crystalline protein with high lactogenic activity', Science (23 Jul 1937), 86, 82-83.]

I was out walking with my 4 ye...

I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.

"Why?" my daughter asked.

"Because it's been laying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs" I replied.

At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"

"Uh," I was thinking quickly, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.

"OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy."

"Exactly" I replied back with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart.
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