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Unformatted text preview: estrogen turning him female • Endocrine disruptors – fish – intersex fish If the fish are being converted to female fish then what happens to us? Potential cause: pharmaceuticals in water • 2004 – city of boulder and USGS fond concentrations and Nicotine in creaks near Boulder • Birth control pills • Epilepsy medicine • Downstream from waste water plant People flushing their meds down the toilet Pharmaceuticals seeping into water causes…. • Fish o Lower sperm counts o Damaged sperm o Males becoming feminized • Kidney failures in cultures, impaired reproduction in mussels, inhibited growth in algae Drugs on Tap What IS polluted….Acid Rain obvious, but all signs of pollution aren’t obvious What are the standards to defining polluted? Final thoughts – • Effects on human sexual traits? • Animals other than fish? • Developing nations (China, India)...
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- Fall '08
- Boulder, waste water plant