Canadian Scientists to Study Effects of Chemicals on Expectant Mothers

Published: 19 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to the “Toronto National Post,” Canadian scientists are recruiting hundreds of pregnant women for a landmark, $6-million epigenetic study designed to track whether 400 household chemicals that expectant mothers encounter, including the plastic chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, can trigger health problems in their children—or even alter the babies’ genetic makeup. The emerging field of epigenetics is based on the notion that the environment can cause certain genes to turn on or off, sometimes sowing the seeds for cancer or other serious illness later in life.

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