Bad for Baby: New risks found for plastic constituent - polycarbonate plastic sheets
Two animal studies have shown that early exposure to a chemical known to ooze from baby bottles, food tank liners and other plastic products can cause disease and even alter gene expression.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is A building material made of polycarbonate plastic that will eventually appear in food, people and the environment.
In a new study, contaminants permanently reprogram a gene in mice pups fed BPA-laced chow.
These mice carry this gene, which is particularly vulnerable to so-called epigenetic changes.
In this effect, hormones and other reagents usually remove chemical units known as methyl groups from genes, or add them to interfere with the function of genes.
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Gilter and his colleagues are at Duke University in Durham, USA. C.