Bisphenol - Nick Sherman Science Paper 2 Bisphenol A a problem chemical or pretty innocuous stuff Bisphenol A is a compound formed by four parts

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Nick Sherman 11/20/07 Science Paper 2 Bisphenol A: a problem chemical or pretty innocuous stuff? Bisphenol A is a compound formed by four parts phenol and one part acetone that is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The compound is found in plastics for storing food and the resins are commonly used for coating cans, bottle tops and water supply pipes. It readily degrades as it ages and is exposed to heat. There has been much debate regarding its health effects for some time, and I am going to present some of the arguments for and against its uses and form a conclusion based upon the findings. Bisphenol A is known to mimic estrogen and interact with estrogen receptors. Studies performed on animals have shown even low doses of the chemical appear to cause neurological, reproductive, and metabolic problems. It is also believed to cause a low sperm count and large numbers of infertile sperm in men. Women who were exposed to even moderately low levels of bisphenol in the womb are believed to be more likely to develop breast cancer later in life. (1) The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has supported this claim, and has found that the level of bisphenol found in the average person is higher than that of the level deemed safe for animals. Their study was based on the assumption that animal excretion patterns were the same as humans, which are often slower. This would mean that people have even higher levels of Bisphenol in their systems than previously anticipated.
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SCIE 4334 taught by Professor Kopec during the Spring '08 term at St. Edwards.

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Bisphenol - Nick Sherman Science Paper 2 Bisphenol A a problem chemical or pretty innocuous stuff Bisphenol A is a compound formed by four parts

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