Wrong Number: Plastic ingredient spurs chromosomal defects | Science News

Be a Champion for Science

Get your subscription to

Science News when you join.


News

Wrong Number: Plastic ingredient spurs chromosomal defects

By
2:16pm, April 2, 2003

The primary chemical in some plastics causes female mice to produce eggs with abnormal numbers of chromosomes, according to a new study. In people, the condition–called aneuploidy–is the leading cause of miscarriages and several forms of mental retardation including Down's syndrome.

The new finding could shed light on the causes of aneuploidy, but it also raises questions about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), the prime ingredient of the polycarbonate plastics that make up products ranging from baby bottles (http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/9_4_99/food.htm) to tooth-protecting sealants (SN: 11/22/97,

p. 324: http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc97/11_22_97/fob1.htm).

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News