"BPA Damages Chromosomes in Monkeys"

"A new study in monkeys provides the strongest evidence yet that an estrogen-like chemical called BPA could alter chromosomes, increasing the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, scientists say."

"Although researchers have performed hundreds of studies of BPA in mice, there are far fewer studies in humans and their closest relatives, non-human primates.

In a new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington State University geneticist Patricia Hunt found chromosomal damage in rhesus monkeys, which share 95% of their DNA with humans. Significantly, the damage occurred at levels of BPA that are similar to the levels to which humans are routinely exposed, Hunt says."

Liz Szabo reports for USA TODAY September 24, 2012.

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Source: USA TODAY, 09/26/2012