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BPA may do long-lasting damage to painted turtles

May 18, 2017

Painted turtle eggs were brought from a hatchery in Louisiana, candled to ensure embryo viability and then incubated at male-permissive temperatures in a bed of vermiculite. Those exposed to BPA developed deformities to testes that held female characteristics. (Credit: Roger Meissen/U. Missouri)

MU researchers Cheryl Rosenfeld, Scott Givan, and others from the MU Bond Life Sciences Center, Westminster College (Fulton, MO), and the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine collaborated on this study, which is the first to show a correlation between changes in gene expression patterns and behavioral changes in turtles exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Read the full story here.