Pollutants Cause Feminization In Males?

December 8, 2008

UK (ChattahBox) – An alarming new study suggests that men exposed to certain chemicals in common pollutants could be at risk of being ‘feminized’ by estrogen-mimicking hormones. The environmental group Chem Trust released a report this week stating that so far large groups of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and certain types of birds have been effected, causing them to create a kind of protein usually only found within the females of the species, leading to concern over the implications this could have on other animals, including humans.

It also causes fears over a possible reduction in the reproduction of species, as female hormones increase and cause a lack of testosterone crucial to the fertilization process.

“If wildlife populations crash, it will be too late. Unless enough males contribute to the next generation there is a real threat to animal populations in the long term,” said Gywnne Lyons, the scientist involved in the study, and author of the report.

So far this problem has spread across Europe and North America, and given the limited scope of the study so far, there is no telling the true extent of the damage, or how bad it might get in the future.


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