Fertility, LDCs and Bio : subjects seen by the daily press

An article today in the press review “Généthique” is a perfect synthesis of the reason for this blog by synthesizing what our newspapers have come out recently on fertility.

Here is a good reason to combine ecology in our lifestyle to our concerns fertility !

Summary of Tuesday's press Bioethics 25/11/08

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Chemical environment and reproduction

Athat opens today at the European conference on
the effects of chemical environment on reproduction and child development (cf. Summary of press 19/11/08), the press is largely up on the degradation of male fertility observed in recent years.
And 50 years, the number and quality of sperm decreased 50% about ; the number of male genital malformations is increasing and testicular cancer have increased
the 50% and 20 years in France… In Spain for example, according to a study published last October by researchers at the Institute Marques Barcelona, near 6 young people 10 have a
sperm quality below the threshold considered by the World Health (WHO) as the beginning of any fertility problems.

Mven findings in animal species : in the UK, brown trout, living downstream
mill wastewater treatment in which there were traces of chemical products and medicines, have become hermaphrodites ; A Florida, alligators in Lake Apopka
which was dumped insecticides, have seen the size of their penis reduced to the point of compromising their reproductive.

Dn his editorial, Dominique Quinio, journalist Cross, emphasizes the consequences
human and economic decline of the fertility, “primarily for couples who are facing painful and are more frequent users of medical technology
aid to procreation
” and “second, because these techniques are expensive” and “different modes of reproduction “assisted” lead to questions
new and complex ethical, by upsetting the normal rules of affiliation

Au top of the dock there are many chemicals in
our environment, related to our way of life, some of which act as “endocrine disruptors” that is to say that disrupt endocrine function critical to
Training and Reproductive Health. Some of these molecules can even act in utero embryo. In an interview with the World, Alfred
Spira, Director of the Institute for Public Health Research, shows in particular the finger pills : “the water treatment plants do not capture the
degradation products of drugs with estrogenic or antiandrogenic, starting with birth control pills

Si, selon Alfred Spira, “the leading cause of infertility is age
Late in the desire for procreation
“, remains that “the decline in sperm production could fear an increase in cases of infertility“. It draws attention
chemical pollution, but also our way of life, stress, l’alimentation, decreased physical activity and tobacco. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for
of Ecology, also stresses “susceptibility concern for our environment” and the importance of informing the general public, while recognizing that “Humanity
is not threatened in the immediate

Rcall the entry into application of the procedure in June European Reach 2007 which requires
European companies to register, of ICI 2018, the products they use or sell to the European Chemicals Agency (Check) and evaluate their
Health and Environmental Risks. Currently, on 100 000 substances marketed in Europe, only 3 000 produced after 1981 have been studied

La television channel Arte broadcasts tonight 21 hours an investigation on this subject entitled “Males
at risk”.


Each item presented in
Gènéthique is a summary of articles on bioethics in the press and whose sources are listed in Box Black. The views expressed are not always condoned
by writing.

Release (Eliane Patriarca) 25/11/08 – Cross (Dominique Quinio, Emmanuelle Friedmann, Alfred Spira) 25/11/08 – The World
(Paul Benkimoun, Jean-Jacques Bozonnet) 25/11/08 – Le Figaro
(Muriel Prat) 25/11/08

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