In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women

The New York Times (nytimes.com) – by Deborah Blum

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A few years ago, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois, began testing a theory about the risks to women posed by the widely used industrial compound bisphenol A, or BPA.   A series of studies had suggested that it could damage developing ovaries. But nobody knew how. So for a month, Dr. Flaws dosed young female mice with a BPA solution at a level comparable to estimated human exposure in the United States. She then examined their ovaries, focusing on the follicles, which contain the eggs. The effect of the BPA was immediately obvious.

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