30 Dec '13, 1pm

[Prod/Sustainablity] Toxic Chemicals Can Be Inherited in Utero

Researchers are finding even if toxic chemicals don’t persist, their effects on DNA function might—for up to five generations. By Candace Pearson Studies are finding that a person could be predisposed to certain diseases because of toxic chemicals his great-grandmother was exposed to. Researchers have termed the phenomenon transgenerational inheritance . A growing body of research from Washington State University finds that exposing rats to toxic substances predisposes their offspring even five generations later to serious diseases. But the substances studied are not mutagens, which affect DNA directly; rather, the research shows the inherited effects are due to simple methyl molecules passed on during pregnancy. Michael Skinner, Ph.D., and his research team have been exposing rats to chemicals, including Bisphenol-A (BPA), pesticides like vinclozolin and methoxychlor, and...

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