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Antibacterial Exposure in Utero May Harm Developing Child

04:39 EDT 10 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) report that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC) can transfer the compound from mother to offspring and interfere with the metabolism of lipids, whose biological function is storing energy and signaling and acting as structural components of cell membranes. The team’s paper (“Maternal exposure to an environmentally relevant dose of triclocarban results in perinatal exposure and potential alterations in offspring development in the mouse model”) on TCC, which is an antibacterial found in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical industry, is published in PLOS ONE. “…we investigated whether exposure to an environmentally relevant concentration of TCC could result in transfer from mother to offspring in CD-1 mice during gestation and lactation using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS),” write the investigators. “We demonstrated that TCC does effectively transfer from mother to offspring, both ...

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