New bits: Common weedkiller causes extra sex organs in frogs

Russell Turpin deafbox@hotmail.com
Tue, 16 Apr 2002 18:49:51 +0000


http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/04/16/frog.mutations.ap/index.html

Here are some of the tidbits:

* Atrazine is the most commonly used weed killer in
North America.

* The Environmental Protection Agency permits up to
3 parts per billion of atrazine in drinking water.

* Hayes' team found it affected frogs at doses as
small as 0.1 part per billion.

* "I'm not saying it's safe for humans. I'm not
saying its unsafe for humans. All I'm saying is it
that it makes hermaphrodites of frogs."




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