[Pharmwaste] Fish Study Proves "the pill" is NOT man's best friend

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Tue Feb 17 08:49:45 EST 2009

A lot more at this web site - Laurie

Fish study proves "the pill" is NOT man's best friend. 
Feb 17, 2009 

Sperm from rainbow trout exposed to the synthetic estrogen in birth control
pills can have the wrong number of chormosomes. 
Researchers report  that very minute quantities of  the hormone found in the
birth control pill alter sperm development in rainbow trout by changing the
number of chromosomes, which can lead to lower survival and long-term health
problems in the offspring. This error in cell division is called aneuploidy.
In people, aneuploidy is the largest known source of spontaneous miscarriage.
Importantly, it highlights the need to develop new, and use existing, green
chemistry technologies to better clean effluent released from water treatment

Laurie Tenace
Environmental Specialist
Waste Reduction Section
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Rd., MS 4555
Tallahassee FL 32399-2400
P: 850.245.8759
F: 850.245.8811

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