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Reproductive Health and the Environment

Narrator: This is Science Today. Over the decades, there have been several chemicals released into our environment, such as PCBs and PBDEs, that pose a clear threat to human health. At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Tracey Woodruff, an expert on the impact of chemicals on reproductive health in both men and women, is directing the university's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.

Woodruff: What's unique about the program at UCSF is our focus on how environmental contaminants can interfere with each of those different stages during the life course and affect the ability of people to either have a healthy child or have problems in their reproductive system later in life.

Narrator: Woodruff says their program has three primary objectives.

Woodruff: One is to increase the science base through research. The second is education -within the trainees, professionals and students and also education of existing health professionals and patients. And the third is policy.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin