Will We Ever Learn?

Dr. Arlene Blum is a biochemist who also happens to be a fearless mountaineer. In the 1970s, as a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, she coauthored a groundbreaking study on a flame retardant, Tris-BP, which determined that the chemical, then widely used in children's sleepwear, causes cell mutations. Tris-BP was banned from children's pajamas and replaced with a chemical known as chlorinated Tris. Blum and her colleagues tested chlorinated Tris and found that it was just as dangerous. Chlorinated Tris, too, was removed from children's pajamas. ----- Advertising ----- Following this work, Blum left academia to, among other things, climb Annapurna and wrote two books about her adventures. Then, about five years ago, she decided she'd like to get back into science and attended a "green chemistry" meeting in Oakland. There she learned that chlorinated Tri...

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