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On This Day – October 24 : Danish chemist Henrik Dam identified Vitamin K on this day in 1929

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When Dam fed chickens a diet low in cholesterol, he found that their blood did not clot. However, he discovered that it wasn’t just cholesterol but also a vitamin that they were lacking. He called this Vitamin K, after the German word for coagulation, “koagulation”.

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