It was a fairly quiet week for science and toxicology news, but what did make the grade was pretty exciting stuff: SOT members were featured in National Geographic online and The Huffington Post and penning blogs for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)!
SOT Member Research
As covered by National Geographic, a new paper from Jessica Sorrentino and colleagues at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stresses the need for more research, including identifying biomarkers of toxicants known as gerontogens to discover how they might be affecting physiological aging. In the research, the toxicologists exposed mice to gerontogens, finding that the exposure led to an increase in senescent cells.
SOT Members in the News
In an examination of the health benefits of stomach bacteria, The Huffington Post spoke with Rodney Dietert, who said that there is a need for more studies on the effects of chemicals on helpful microbial cells.
Bob Kavlock described how high-throughput screening (picture at right is part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center's set-up; Credit: Wolfgang Hoffmann) is changing how scientists test chemical safety in a new EPA Connect blog. The US EPA deputy assistant administrator for science writes, “Twenty years ago, using high-throughput screening to test chemicals for potential human health risks seemed like technology that belonged in a science fiction television series rather than in real life.”
- Nickel Nanoparticles: A Case of Sensitization Associated with Occupational Exposure (NIOSH Science blog)
- Arsenic in well water may diminish intelligence in children (NIH Environmental Factor)
- Fresh sunscreen ingredients stuck in FDA backlog (SFGate)
- Angry mothers meet US EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide (Reuters)
- Fewer Americans Believe E-Cigs Safer than Tobacco Cigarettes: Study (US News & World Report)
- FDA Plans to Spend as Much as $50M on Regulatory Science, With Focus on Generics (Regulatory Focus)
- Mycotoxin protects against nematodes (ETH Zurich)
- FDA’s Final Guidance on Expedited Drug Approvals: Fueling Innovation and Helping Patients (FDA Voice blog)
- Flame retardant in old couches, carpets poses health risk to kids' IQs (The Canadian Press)