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Old 03-13-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Endocrine Disruptors Start a Medical Revolution: From Alligators to Humans

Endocrine Disruptors Start a Medical Revolution: From Alligators to Humans
Released: 1/1/2014 5:00 PM EST
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Source Newsroom: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Endocrine Disruptors Start a Medical Revolution: From Alligators to Humans
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Dr. Lou Guillette Jr. began studying the evolution of lizard reproduction more than 40 years ago. He never expected that reptiles would point him in the direction of a worldwide environmental challenge: endocrine disruption. Speaking at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologys annual meeting in Austin, Dr. Guillette explained how his basic research on animals has brought him and others to recognize the environmental challenges to human health.

Early studies of alligators led Dr. Guillette to realize that something in the environment was affecting their reproduction. Juvenile female alligators had malformed ovaries, while males had lower than average testosterone levels and a small penis. He and his colleagues discovered that the changes were caused by environmental contaminants, which were acting as...
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