Volume 95 Issue 43 | p. 6 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 30, 2017

Sulfur dioxide exposure linked to lower sperm count

The air pollutant may interfere with sperm production, according to a new study
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: Pollution, sperm, sulfur dioxide, air pollutant, fertility, infertility, semen, Wuhan

In China, men’s sperm counts have plummeted by nearly 30% since 2001, a problem experienced worldwide. A new study conducted in the industrial city of Wuhan links that decrease to exposure to sulfur dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03289). Yuewei Liu of Hubei Provincial Center for . . .

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