It may not be a boy when dad’s been exposed to dioxin

(Reuters Health) – Men exposed to dioxin, a chemical once common in herbicides, may be less likely to father boys than peers who didn’t come in contact with this toxin, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied men and women who were employed between 1969 and 1984 at a plant in New Zealand making what’s known as phenoxy herbicides, chemicals sprayed on plants to prevent uncontrolled growth. The chemical blend included several types of tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) that are linked to a range of health issues including decreased odds of male offspring. “Twenty years ago, it was first reported that men that…
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