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Pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females
Date:3/1/2010

susceptible offspring.

Syngenta, which manufactures atrazine, disputes many of these studies, including Hayes', that show adverse effects of the presticide. But Hayes said that "when you have studies all over the world showing problems with atrazine in every vertebrate that has been looked at fish, frogs, reptiles, birds, mammals all of them can't be wrong."

"What people have to realize is that, just as with taking pharmaceuticals, they have to decide whether the benefits outweigh the costs," he said. "Not every frog or every human will be affected by atrazine, but do you want to take a chance, what with all the other things that we know atrazine does, not just to humans but to rodents and frogs and fish?"


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