Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Global Warming Causes Male Frogs to Lay Eggs
Well, not really - but since the environmental movements have been hijacked and no one in media hardly bothers to report on REAL pollution I'd thought I'd stick this little ditty up:
Weed Killer Causes Male Frogs to lay Eggs
Prof. Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues reported their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Atrazine-exposed males were both demasculinized [chemically castrated] and completely feminized as adults," said Hayes.
Atrazine is widely used by farmers around the world as a herbicide, particularly in production of corn, sorghum and sugar cane.
Earlier studies have found that the chemical feminized zebra fish and leopard frogs, and caused a significant decline in sperm production in male salmon and caiman lizards.
"Atrazine exposure is highly correlated with low sperm count, poor semen quality and impaired fertility in humans," said Hayes and colleagues.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/03/02/tech-frog-weed-killer.html#ixzz0h7K5FR5K
Well, that's one more nail in the coffin for Canadian Corn. Too bad, I used to love corn.
A little more about atrazine:
PAN Pesticide Database: Atrazine