Environmental Toxins and the Embryo


Pollutants in the environment, both visible and invisible, come in contact with us daily. This documentary explores how some of the most common toxicants can interact with life on a cellular and molecular level to cause developmental defects. Teratology is the study of exogenous chemical compounds (teratogens) that have the capacity to cause drastic damage to developing embryos. Through case studies that examine the developmental effects of exposure to crude oil, atrazine, diethylstilbestrol (DES), and bisphenol-A (BPA), awareness is brought not only to the scientific impacts of teratogens, but also to the consequences of industrial decisions.

©2013 Michael Barresi, Smith College

Student authors: Blair Bell, Diane Chen, Lee Mack, Claire Maesner, Kristine Trotta