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BPA – the chemical that messes with our hormones

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The plastic softener Bisphenol A or BPA is invisible, but it’s almost ubiquitously abundant in the environment. We regularly ingest it with our diet, as it is commonly used in water bottles and food packaging. BPA is also called an endocrine disrupter as it messes with our hormonal system. But how does it work and what exactly does it do to our body?

Nicholas and one of his study specimen

The Boiling Point hosts, Anastasia and Cat, chat to Dr Nicholas Wu to shed some light on the mysteries of BPA. Nicholas is a postdoc in animal physiology at the University of Sydney.

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Due to the current Covid outbreak in Sydney we talked to Nicholas on the phone. Therefore, our apologies for any issues in sound quality.

Sources

Nicholas’ Sydney Uni profile

Nicholas’ meta-analysis on BPA in aquatic organisms

 

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