10 Feb '12, 7pm

The Frog of War: Atrazine: Darnell lives deep in the basement of a life sciences building at the University of C...

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Farm Issues page and our Environment and Climate Resource Center page . Darnell lives deep in the basement of a life sciences building at the University of California-Berkeley, in a plastic tub on a row of stainless steel shelves. He is an African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, sometimes called the lab rat of amphibians. Like most of his species, he's hardy and long-lived, an adept swimmer, a poor crawler, and a voracious eater. He's a good breeder, too, having produced both children and grandchildren. There is, however, one unusual thing about Darnell. He's female. Genetically, Darnell is male. But after being raised in water contaminated with the herbicide atrazine at a level of 2.5 parts per billion-slightly less than what's allowed in our drinking water-he developed a female body, inside and out. He is also th...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24854.cfm

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