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  • Phthalates may impair fertility in female mice

    Ten days’ exposure to the phthalate DiNP interfered with the fertility of female mice, decreasing pregnancy rates for up to nine months afterward, researchers at the University of Illinois found. Comparative biosciences professor Jodi A. Flaws, left, and graduate student Katie (Catheryne) Chiang co-wrote the study.

    Ten days’ exposure to the phthalate DiNP interfered with the fertility of female mice, decreasing pregnancy rates for up to nine months afterward, researchers at the University of Illinois found. Comparative biosciences professor Jodi A. Flaws, left, and graduate student Katie (Catheryne) Chiang co-wrote the study. 

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Jodi Flaws, call 217-333-7933; email jflaws@illinois.edu

    To reach Katie Chiang, call 502-836-8549; email chiang15@illinois.edu

    The paper “Sub-chronic exposure to Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate and diisononyl phthalate during adulthood has immediate and long-term reproductive consequences in female mice” is available online or from the News Bureau