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Carl Djerassi dies at 91; was instrumental in development of the Pill
Carl Djerassi dies at 91; was instrumental in development of the Pill

Carl Djerassi was 28 and working for a small chemical company in Mexico City in 1951 when he helped make a discovery that changed the world. His team created norethindrone, a synthetic hormone that became a key ingredient in oral contraceptives popularly known as the Pill. It was, he wrote in a 1998 Los Angeles Times commentary, "a solution to birth control that has affected the lives of women (and hence men) in ways that few other postwar scientific discoveries have done." Djerassi, 91, who was called "The Father of the Pill" though he pointed out that many others were involved, died Friday at his home in San Francisco. The cause was complications from liver...

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