Endocrine Disruption Compounds Investigations

EDCs are natural or synthetic chemicals that interfere with, or mimic, the hormones responsible for growth and development of an organism. The endocrine system is the network of structures and glands (including the pancreas, ovaries, testes, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands) that produce hormones which regulate important biological processes including sexual development. The presence of estrogenic (feminizing) compounds in wastewater is an international concern because of potential adverse effects on exposed wildlife and humans. The occurrence of feminized fish has been associated with effluent discharges and the incidence and severity has been found to correlate with the proportion of treated sewage effluent in receiving waters.

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