• Study: Common household chemicals decrease reproduction in mice

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    Females produce pheromones that attract the attention of males. After sensing the female’s hormones, the male mouse emits an ultrasonic mating call. Mating calls differ from specimen to specimen, with each sound being as distinct as its owner. Females are also capable of producing ultrasonic sound, although not in relation to mating. Mice can be identified by these ultrasonic sounds.

    A female mouse produces between five and eight offspring after mating. Although females are protective of their young, some also consume their offspring if exposed to high stress such as famine..

    Mice breed continually, regardless of season and climate. They reach sexual maturity 35 days after birth. Some specimens are capable of breeding at six weeks. Mice tend to live for approximately one year.

    Virginia Tech researchers who were using a disinfectant when handling mice have discovered that two active ingredients in it cause declines in mouse reproduction.

    Although the chemicals responsible for the declines are common in household cleaning products and disinfectants used in medical and food preparation settings, including hand sanitizers, academic scientists have never published a rigorous study, until now, on their safety or toxicity.

    “It is likely that you have these chemicals in your house,” said Dr. Terry Hrubec, a research assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. “The answer to the question, ‘Are these chemicals harmful to humans?' is that we simply don't know.”

    Hrubec drew comparisons between her research team's work and similar research on bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. In 1998, Washington State's Hunt discovered the toxic effects of BPA, which could be found on baby bottles, …


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