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The study, published in the International Journal of Andrology, looked at the semen quality of a total of 858 men born between 1979 and 1987. What they found was that men born in the late '80s not only had lower sperm counts than those born earlier in the decade, but there was also an increase in the incidence of testicular cancer in men born in the early '80s, compared to those born 30 years earlier.
"These simultaneous and rapidly occurring adverse trends suggest that the underlying causes are environmental and, as such, preventable," wrote the study's authors, led by Niels Jørgensen.
..."The best working theory we have to explain why sperm counts may be declining is that chemicals from food or the environment are affecting the development of testicles of boys in the womb or in their early years of life," Dr. Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said in an interview with BBC News. "[The] inter-generational effect makes it difficult to study, but it is clear that more research is needed to identify dangerous chemicals so that we can try remove them from the environment and protect future generations."
Originally posted by loam
It's pretty clear we live in a toxic soup, huh?