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Topics in Environmental Studies: Hormone-Disrupting Pollutants

ENV 305

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A very large number of chemicals designed for one purpose are now known to have a second, completely unexpected ability to mimic or interfere with estrogen, testosterone, thyroid and other hormones. Examples include BPA and phthalates that leach from plastics; pesticides; flame-retardants; PFAS chemicals used in Teflon and take-out food containers. Many end up as personal and environmental contaminants. There is growing evidence that these pollutants interfere with health, behavior and reproduction in both humans and wildlife. This seminar examines landmark discoveries, current research, policy and regulatory action.
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