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This Fertility Drug Was Made From Pope's Blessings And Nuns' Urine

History of scientific inventions is quite strange and especially when we talk about the history of pharmaceuticals. Well, today I'm gonna talk about the history of a fertility drug which has a quite perplexing history.

It's the story of a hormonal fertility treatment- Pergonal, which is responsible for millions of babies. A fertility drug which can be made only from the women's urine.

Yes, you read it right. But why so?

Let's find out.

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This Fertility Drug Was Made From Pope's Blessings And Nuns' Urine

This Fertility Drug Was Made From Pope's Blessings And Nuns' Urine

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Piero Donini was the first scientist to extract and purify FSH and LH in the 1940s... 

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...the hormones that stimulate ovulation. These hormones are found in women's urine that's why it is possible to determine whether a woman is pregnant or not from the urine sample.

Well, after experimenting with these hormones... 

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...he discovered that these hormones were found at the highest level in post-menopausal women, and it could be used to treat infertility.

But it came in the eyes of scientist community a decade later when...

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...an Israeli medical student, Bruno Lunenfeld came across Donini's research and wanted to use this fertility drug to help the European Jews to repopulate after the Holocaust.

Lunenfeld made it possible for the drug to run a trial...

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

 ...but there was only one problem- how to get hundreds of liters of urine from menopausal women for the production of the drug?

So, Lunenfeld went before the drug manufacturers to lobby for the drug...

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...but his idea was refused by saying, "We are a drug factory, not a urinal company."

Finally, Lunenfeld got in contact with Giulio Pacelli, nephew of Pope Pius XII and an Italian aristocrat...

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...who helped him to solve his biggest problem in the production of the drug. He convinced the Vatican city's nun to donate their urine to help the humankind with the production of this fertility drug.

Every day, tankers full of pee went to the drug manufacturing company for this fertility drug...

Fertility drug made from nun's urine

...until these hormones were synthesized in the lab in 1995.

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Source: Quartz.com

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