Volume 88 Issue 45 | pp. 40-43
Issue Date: November 8, 2010

Fetal Origins Of Disease

Efforts are under way to link chemical exposures 
in utero with adult disease
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: toxic substances, chemical exposure, DNA

A growing body of scientific research suggests that exposure to chemical toxicants in the womb can lead to chronic health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, later in life. Although scientists agree that the evidence is compelling, many of them are frustrated because such data aren’t being used in regulatory decision-making and risk assessment.

To help bridge the gap between emerging scientific research and environmental-health regulatory decisions, a standing committee of the National . . .

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