Test Nails Endocrine Disrupters

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The RISE in infertility cases across the world has often been linked to chemicals used in everyday items such as textiles, drugs, food and personal-care products. But efforts to regulate the use of such chemicals, which disrupt the functioning of the endocrine gland, are hampered by lack of test to prove their deleterious effects. A new test shows that many of the chemicals adversely affect CatSper ion channel, a calcium channel in the sperm which controls its motility. Endocrine disrupters open CatSper, increase calcium levels in sperms and change their swimming behaviour. 


Down To Earth, June 2014