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dioxins

Contaminant byproducts of the manufacture of chlorinated phenols used in herbicides, wood preservatives, dyes and other products. Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause cancer and fetal malformations. See also AGENT ORANGE.
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Dioxins and PCBs "don't just kill animals, they also kill people," said Shecter.
Enhancing productivity and throughput while sustaining sensitivity and performance, the new Thermo Scientific DFS Software Package for the Thermo Scientific DFS Magnetic Sector GC-HRMS provides food safety laboratories with a fully automated solution for the quantitative analysis of dioxins and other POPs in various matrices.
Dioxins enter human body through inhalation of dust and direct ingestion of soil; accumulation in plant tissues and vegetables contamination (Domingo et al., 2000; Jou et al., 2007).
Science tells us dioxin is the name generally given to a class of super-toxic chemicals, the chlorinated dioxins and furans, formed as a by-product of the manufacture, molding or burning of organic chemicals and plastics that contain chlorine.
In particular, dioxins have an effect on a hormone called Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is responsible for male and female characteristics in humans.
The investigation included 392 boys and involved 337 SNPs identified in 46 genes and 2 intergenic regions (stretches of DNA between protein-coding genes) that may influence pubertal onset or the biological response to dioxins. The association of serum dioxins with later pubertal onset was confirmed, and two statistical methods were used to examine gene-related modification of this response.
Alliance Party leader David Ford said he was concerned the dioxins found in milk were being linked to the problems found in pork and beef.
Dioxins are a group of chemicals formed during combustion processes, such as waste incineration and are known to increase the likelihood of cancer with long term exposure.
The directives for detection of dioxins require limits of quantification to be 80 percent lower than the lowest reported level in the EPA standards.
There is currently no way to continuously monitor the dioxins released from a site.
Researchers at Saiseikai Nara Hospital, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, and Hokkaido Medicinal Plant Research Institute, found that when Chlorella pyrenoidosa supplements were added to the diets of 23 pregnant women, the amount of dioxins transferred was reduced by as much as 30 percent.