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Health Agencies Update
February 17, 1999

Weighing Reproductive Threats

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JAMA. 1999;281(7):600. doi:10.1001/jama.281.7.600

In response to growing public concern regarding the possible effect of chemicals in the environment on infertility and birth defects, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have announced the establishment of a new center to evaluate whether specific chemicals play a causal role in reproductive and development problems.

"There currently is no readily and publicly available, scientifically authoritative mechanism for the evaluation of human and experimental evidence for adverse effects on reproduction, including development, caused by agents to which humans may be exposed," noted the announcement of the new NTP Center for the Evaluation of Health Risks to Human Reproduction (Federal Register. 1998;63:68782).

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