Bad for Baby: New risks found for plastic constituent

By Janet Raloff, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Two animal studies demonstrate that early exposure to a chemical known to leach from baby bottles, the linings of food cans, and other plastic items can trigger illness and even changes in genetic expression. A building block of polycarbonate plastics, bisphenol A (BPA) ends up in food, people, and the environment.

In one of the new studies, the pollutant permanently reprogrammed a gene in pups of mice fed BPA-laced chow.

The mice carried the Agouti gene, which is particularly vulnerable to wh...

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