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SCI/TECH: Air Pollution in Urban Areas could alter newborns DNA

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 05:08 AM
In a small study involving 60 infants born in Manhatten have found that Air Pollution could be altering these babies chromosones. Previous studies have linked these types of genetic alterations to increased cancer risk but as only 60 babies were involved in this study a much larger one will have to be conducted to verify the results of this and previous studies on this subject.
Exposure to pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was monitored among nonsmoking African-American and Dominican mothers in three low-income neighborhoods: Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx.

"Although the study was conducted in Manhattan neighborhoods, exhaust pollutants are prevalent in all urban areas, and therefore the study results are relevant to populations in other urban areas," says study senior author Frederica Perera of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health in New York.

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Global Warming or no global warming our culture of consumerism is having a definite adverse affect on the innocent, our future generations. The more we continue to pollute the air the more prominent these symptoms are going to be. What is it going to take for people to realize that burning stuff, is going to release toxic crap into the atmosphere and enter our bodies through inhalation, absorption or even more scary through our food supply.

[edit on 16-2-2005 by sardion2000]

[edit on 16-2-2005 by John bull 1]

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:48 AM
I am so sad that this piece of news is not getting the attention that it deserved specially this very serious that our newborns have to deal with what we are doing to the environment, and with all the slap in the face that the bush administration is doing to us while protecting the big corporate interest.

Nobody cares about the legacy that we will be giving to our next generation.

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 08:02 AM

Originally posted by sardion2000

The more we continue to pollute the air the more prominent these symptoms are going to be.

At this point, the pollution is all through our soil and water, not just the air. And FYI - numerous studies have shown the genetic effects. ...The hold up is political - and the game is about demanding "proof" for direct cause-and-effect relationships, when the real problems are caused by the combined effects of different contaminations.

...The Environmental Genome Project (EGP not Human Genome Project) was set up in 1997 for this very purpose. ...EGP research has tracked the genetic effects of all kinds of contaminations and shows that the obesity epidemic for example, results from the combined effects of different kinds of contamination.

Our legacy is not good - and it's not just our children who are paying. Already, "age-related" illnesses that used not to affect people til their 70's or 80's are knocking people down in their 40's. ....Cancer just bumped heart disease as America's #1 killer - and last year the stats already showed that 1 in 2 American men will get cancer, and 1 in 3 women.

...The writing is on the wall - the effects go way beyond health to Social Security, "the economy" and beyond - and the 'future' is now....


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