Men Exposed to Dioxin May Be Less Likely to Have Male Offspring

A new study finds that men exposed to dioxin, a chemical in herbicides, may be less likely to have male offspring compared to men who didn’t come in contact with the toxin.male offspring

The study included men and women who were employed between 1969 and 1984 at a plant in New Zealand making what’s known as phenoxy herbicides, chemicals preventing uncontrolled growth. The chemical blend included several types of tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) linked to a number of health issues including decreased odds of male offspring.  
Andrea’t Mannetje, a lead author of the study and a public health researcher at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, says: “Twenty years ago, it was first reported that men that had been exposed to high levels of dioxin as a result of an industrial accident in Seveso, Italy, on average fathered less boys than girls compared to men exposed to background levels of dioxin.”

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