Plastics ingredient disrupts fetal-egg development

By Aimee Cunningham, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

A common estrogen-mimicking chemical can damage eggs while an animal is still in the womb, researchers report.

Bisphenol A is found in polycarbonate plastics—those used to make baby bottles and hard-shell water bottles—and in the lining of food cans. The chemical also turns up in human tissues at concentrations of several parts per billion.

Earlier research had linked bisphenol A to reproductive problems in male and female mice. In 2003, molecular geneticist Patricia A. Hunt of Washington Stat...

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