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  Environmental research group works to lesson risk to children’s health


Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley, has become an international environmental research group. Epidemiologist Jonathan Chevrier explains that the center has research going on in various parts of the world to try to understand and reduce the risk of environmental threats to children's health.

Chevrier:       We've got research going on right now in Italy, in China, a very new project in South Africa; we have another project in Costa Rica. All of those to try and understand the effect of environmental exposure, primarily on child health and development. They will go from pesticides to occupational exposures to use of chemical for public health purposes and in terms of health outcomes, we'll look at everything from neural development to pubertal development to growth to obesity and so on.

Narrator:       Recent studies conducted at the center include the health effects of bisphenol A, or BPA, and a class of flame retardants called PBDEs. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.