SITE VISIT: The Great Hormone Mimic Debate

Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 543
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.543d

You've heard the stories about declining sperm counts, feminized male alligators, and falcons whose eggshells are too weak to protect their young. Now check out the data on environmental estrogens, a subject that is about to become all the more contentious with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to order tests on thousands of synthetic compounds for their ability to mimic hormones. A site called Environmental Estrogens and Other Hormones gives a balanced account of what's known, and unknown, about the biological effects of endocrine disrupters.

Hosted by the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities in New Orleans, Louisiana, the site's advisory board includes scientists, clinicians, and industry reps from around the country. It offers backgrounders on where environmental estrogens are found, from soybeans to pesticides, and their observed effects on wildlife and people. Reports from recent conferences, summaries of new pubs, and news stories make the site an excellent source for up-to-date information. It also posts announcements of EPA meetings and draft rules on which the government is accepting public comments.

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