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Web Date: January 5, 2011

Pollutants' Passage From Mother To Child

Toxic Substances: Researchers assess how efficiently mothers transfer 87 environmental contaminants to their developing babies
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: environmental contaminants, organohalogens, mother, fetus, infant, transfer

An international team of researchers has for the first time quantified how effectively mothers pass 87 common environmental contaminants to their children. Their findings provide a way to correlate pollutant concentrations in a mother's blood to levels in her developing baby, which may help regulators pinpoint compounds that are hazardous to unborn and nursing babies (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es1019614).

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