Dechlorination of DDT in Frozen Blood

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Science  05 May 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3775, pp. 663-665
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3775.663


Dechilorination of a commercial mixture of o, p'-DDT and p, ppDDT to p, p'-DDD and p, p'-DDE occiurs in avian blood stored at-20°C, indicatinig nonenzymalic degradation. The subsequent disappearance of these two metabolites suggests conversion to other metabolites which cannot be detected by gas chromatography with an electron-captutre detector.