Earth & Environment

BPA triggers gene changes in people, cleaning drain waters and more in this week's news

By Science News, 16:52 PM August 26, 2011

Plastics ingredient causes genetic response
A new study shows for the first time that bisphenol A — a building block of some plastics and food-packaging materials — can trigger hormone-responsive gene changes in people. An international research team collected blood and urine from 96 male recruits. As urinary markers of BPA exposure rose, the likelihood that estrogen-responsive genes were activated in the blood also increased, an international team of scientists report online August 10 in ...

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