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Other Toxic Substances – Paternal Exposures: Passive smoking linked to DNA damage and birth defects

March 21, 2012

 

Passive smoking can cause genetic damage to sperm cells that may result in birth defects, miscarriages and other reproductive problems which make it difficult to father a healthy child, scientists have found.
 
Researchers believe that similar DNA changes in boys or men exposed regularly to passive smoke could lead to reproductive problems such as infertility or a higher risk of fathering children with congenital defects.
 
Scientists led by Carole Yauk, of Health Canada in Ottawa, found that when mice were exposed to the side stream smoke from a burning cigarette, they suffered a significant increase in the number of DNA mutations within the "germ cells" of the testes which are responsible for making sperm.
"Our data suggests that paternal exposure to second-hand smoke may have reproductive consequences that go beyond the passive smoker," the researchers write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
They say their work on laboratory mice provides "compelling evidence" to support the argument that passive smoking should be regarded as a potential mutation-causing behavior in human sperm cells.
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  1. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    iN MY OPINION THESE PEOPLE START SERIOUSLY BELIEVING ALL THIS STATISTICAL HOGWASH AND FORGET THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH gOD.tHE gOOD lORD SAYS , IF YOU BELIEVE IT;LET IT BE DONE FOR YOU.

  2. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    Whatever about it but I was born perfectly healthy and both parents were smokers.

  3. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    I don’t understand all this genetiscist guesswork comparing me to an animal.They really need to step back, get a life and develop some Faith in a higher power and realize they are not the higher power.All these high minded geniuses have no right to compare us with the genome of a rat.Read Paul’s epistle to the Romans where the good lord says we have to deal with those who give more presedence to animals than man and it screws all the believers in sanctity and what is good and true over and over.We do have dominion over the animals.

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