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Persistent environmental contaminant changes the gut microbiome of mice

An industrial chemical—phased out since 2002, but previously used in stain and water-repellent products and firefighting foam—alters the gut microbiome of mice and could have implications for human health, according to an international team of researchers.  Perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, persists in the environment and in the bodies of living organisms. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated PFOS a "contaminant of emerging concern" and its production was voluntarily ceased in the United States by producers, it is still detected in the blood of up to 99% of the U.S. population. Read more....



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