Mice and monkeys metabolise BPA like humans

29 September 2010

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Category: Research & medical benefits

monkey–rhesus.jpgNew research shows female mice, monkeys and humans appear to metabolise the oestrogen-like chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in similar ways.

Consequently, the data from mice on the bioaccumulation and health effects of BPA are relevant to predicting the effects of BPA on humans.

Huge quantities of BPA are used in the manufacture of plastics such as polycarbonates and concerns have been raised about the health consequences of BPA leaching out of plastic containers into food and drink.

In particular there have been concerns about the impact of BPA on the development of the foetus, infants and young children.

Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body's own hormones. Regulatory bodies have determined safety levels for humans, but those safety levels are currently being questioned or under review.