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UC Riverside researchers have received funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation to conduct research aimed at showing that membrane transporters guide steroid hormones into cells (right panel), challenging a long-standing paradigm in endocrinology that simple diffusion is solely responsible for such transport (left panel). A membrane transporter lodged within the cell membrane is shown in green. Steroid hormones are depicted by orange circles. Image credit: Haga-Yamanaka lab, UC Riverside.