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Endocrine Disrupters Trigger Fertility Problems in Multiple Generations

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Science  03 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5727, pp. 1391-1392
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5727.1391a

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A fungicide and a pesticide, both already known to be toxic to animals, have revealed a potentially even darker side: On page 1466, researchers report that the two chemicals cause fertility defects in male rats that are passed down to nearly every male in subsequent generations.