Toxic chemical in plastic can up Down Syndrome risk in offspring

A new study has found that pregnant women who are exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA), a polymer widely used to manufacture plastics, are at a high risk of having a baby with genetic disorders like Down Syndrome.

Researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, in collaboration with the Vall d`Hebron Hospital Fetal Tissue Bank, the Department of Gynaecology and the Research Unit of Paediatric Endocrinology, found that BPA can alter the development of oocytes and future ova, possibly diminishing the fertility of a woman`s offspring and increasing the risk of Down Syndrome.

The results demonstrated that staying within the safety limits permitted by health authorities does not imply that exposure to the substance is innocuous.

The research, carried out with a culture of 21,570 in vitro oocytes, provides conclusive data for the debate on how BPA affects the health of individuals.

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