Protropin

Description (Brief)
Protropin is an injectable, recombinant pharmaceutical that is used to treat children with growth problems stemming from an inability to produce their own growth hormone.
Recombinant pharmaceuticals are created by inserting genes from one species into a host species, often yeast or bacteria, where they do not naturally occur. The genes code for a desired product, and therefore the genetically modified host organisms can be grown and used as a kind of living factory to produce the product. In this case, genes coding for human growth hormone are inserted into bacteria. Bacteria produce the growth hormone, which is harvested and used as the active ingredient in Protropin.
Object consists of a plastic box with three glass vials: two vials Protropin (Recombinant growth hormone) and one vial Bacteriostatic Water for Injection.
Location
Currently on loan
Object Name
pharmaceutical
date made
ca 1987
maker
Genentech Inc.
Physical Description
somatrem, 5 mg (overall active ingredients)
Measurements
overall: 13.3 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm; 5 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in x 1 15/16 in
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
ID Number
1987.0789.01
accession number
1987.0789
catalog number
1987.0789.01
subject
Recombinant Pharmaceuticals
Biotechnology and Genetics
Health & Medicine
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Recombinant Pharmaceuticals
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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