Cholesterol ($$\ce{C27H46O}$$), a compound that is sometimes in the news, is a white, waxy solid produced in the liver of every animal, including humans. It is important for building cell membranes and in producing certain hormones (chemicals that regulate cellular activity in the body). As such, it is necessary for life, but why is cholesterol the object of attention?
Figure $$\PageIndex{1}$$: A Molecular Model of Cholesterol