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A Biography of Endocrine Disruptors: The Narrative Surrounding the Appearance and Regulation of a New Category of Toxic Substances

Abstract Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interact with the hormone system to negative effect. They ‘disrupt’ normal processes to cause diseases like vaginal cancer and obesity, reproductive issues like t-shaped uteri and infertility, and developmental abnormalities like spina bifida and cleft palate. These chemicals are ubiquitous in our daily lives, components in everything from toothpaste to microwave popcorn to plastic water bottles. My dissertation looks at the history, science, and regulation of these impactful substances in order to answer the question of how endocrine disruptors appeared, got interpreted by different groups, and what role science played in the process. My analysis reveals that endocrine disruptors followed a unique sc... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Abboud, Alexis (Author) / Maienschein, Jane A (Advisor) / Crow, Michael M (Committee member) / Hurlbut, J. Benjamin (Committee member) / Marchant, Gary E (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Science history / Biology / Public policy / bisphenol A (BPA) / endocrine disruptors / history of science / history of science policy / hormonally active chemicals / science policy
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 332 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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