October Bionet.Toxicology Discussion Subject:
About a year ago the U.S. EPA released a report that suggested dioxins are
carcinogenic. The U. S. EPA also suggested dioxins may have effects on the
endocrine and immune systems at levels "in the ballpark" with those
currently present in the environment.
This report has drawn much criticism and created controversy. For review of
the debates, see Science 266, p. 1629, Science 268, p. 1124 and Nature 371,
If dioxins are really as potent as the EPA claims, then why are the
expected health effects in the most heavily exposed individuals (i.e. in
contamination accidents) not more apparent?
ARE DIOXINS (AT LOW ENVIRONMENTAL LEVELS) REALLY OF TOXICOLOGICAL
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS?
Please send your questions or comments to this news group via e-mail to
toxicol at net.bio.net.
Dr. Charles A. Miller, rellim at mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu
Bionet.Toxicology News Group Discussion Leader
Dept. Environmental Health Sciences
Rm. 374, Center for Bioenvironmental Research
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University Medical Center
1430 Tulane Ave. Box SL29
New Orleans, LA 70112
Ph. 504-585-6942, Fx. 504-585-6939