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    Wild yam is among the many plants and plant extracts sold as "natural" treatments for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

    Wild yam is among the many plants and plant extracts sold as "natural" treatments for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

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      Wild yam is among the many plants and plant extracts sold as "natural" treatments for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

      Creative commons photo by Marco Schmidt

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      "The types of botanical estrogens that are being marketed are getting more and more potent," said William Helferich, a professor of food science and human nutrition at Illinois and director of the new center. "We want to see if they really are effective or detrimental."

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      Benita Katzenellenbogen, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology and of cell and developmental biology at Illinois, will lead a project to study the effects of botanical estrogens on gene activation and their interaction with estrogen receptors and regulatory proteins.

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      Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences, will serve as the associate director of the center.

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