September 07, 2005

Gender-bending chemicals

Don't you get sick of hearing of yet something else that causes cancer? I know I do. This story is a refreshing variation on the theme:
Now nearly twice as many girls as boys are being born in the Aamjiwnaang community, who live next door to the Sarnia-Lambton Chemical Valley complex in Ontario, Canada. And though no chemical has yet been shown to be to blame, high levels of hexachlorobenzene (HCB), which also has hormone-disrupting properties, have been found in the local soil, and phthalates are being emitted from part of the complex.
What an unusual finding! I wonder if the parents of all those boys might someday sue for pain and misery. ;-)