Robert D. Combes
There is much current interest in the possibility that a wide range of both synthetic and naturally occurring environmental chemicals can act as endocrine disruptors (EDs), and can adversely affect humans and wildlife. Public interest has increased after reports of sex changes (for example, feminisation) in wildlife, decreases in animal fertility, higher rates of gonadal defects, and a reduction in the quantity and quality of human sperm, as well as the increasing incidence of human breast cancer.1 All these phenomena have been attributed, at least in part, to exposure to environmental EDs, or “gender benders”, as these chemicals have come to be called.
You need to register (for free) to download this article. Please log in/register here.