Learn about chemist Percy Julian's quest to make progesterone from a plant steroid in the 1940s. Julian used careful observation, insight, and determination to search for a process for synthesizing the steroid progesterone in high volume. What appears at first to be a costly laboratory accident reveals to Julian the key to making large quantities of steroids, like progesterone and other important compounds, available to people who need them. Explore more about this topic, from the NOVA program Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.
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