Studies highlight chemical threats to reproduction

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:347

Two major studies released last week have once again focused attention on the potential effects of manmade chemicals on the reproductive systems of humans and wildlife. Research commissioned by the Department of the Environment and carried out by Brunel University has largely laid to rest fears that Britain's drinking water is contaminated with oestrogenic chemicals. But the research has shown that untreated river water, particularly near sewage outlets, can have feminising effects on male fish.

The department has also published a report compiled by the Medical Research Council's Institute for Environment and Health which provides a general overview of current …

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