The hard science of how BPA alters the development of the uterus at the genetic level.

by Nick
(Montreal)

While the debate over the dangers of BPA continues between lobbyists, politicians and advocacy groups, the scientists are coming up with hard data that should scare us all.

Reported in an article on the Environmental Health News website, a Yale University study shows how BPA is making changes to uterine development at a genetic level.

Here is an excerpt:

“Scientists from Yale University have figured out how bisphenol A (BPA) alters an important gene that guides how the uterus develops in people and rodents. Rather than causing mutations, the chemical affects the gene's on/off markers – what is called an epigenetic change.

Results of the mouse study shows exposure to BPA in the womb removed the "off" tag, allowing the gene – called Hoxa10 – to turn on in the presence of estrogen. BPA-exposed female mice had 25 percent higher activity from the Hoxa10 gene in their reproductive tract than the unexposed mice. The changes remained even after exposure stopped, suggesting they are permanent.”

Naturally, industry lobbyists will continue to deny that BPA presents any health dangers. And they will continue to do so, regardless of the science.

For the rest of us, it’s time to take action and get BPA out of our homes, and cars, and offices.

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