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EGC-01 General contributions to environmental geochemistry - Part 1

 

Endocrine disruption and epigenetics drive a revolution in the environmental health sciences

 

John Peterson Myers, Environmental Health Sciences (United States)
 

 

Over the past 15 years, major advances have been achieved in the environmental health sciences, specifically with respect to the ability of some environmental contaminants to interfere with hormone function and alter epigenetic programming of development. These advances are forcing major conceptual shifts in toxicology about the consequences for human health of continuous low-level exposure to ubiquitous environmental contaminants. They are revealing that low dose exposures, especially during fetal development, can have profound life-long consequences. At the same time, they are opening up important opportunities to prevent diseases perceived of as genetic.

 

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