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‘Canary in a coal mine’: Scientists test alligators for PFAS chemical compounds – PFAS Exchange Silent Spring Institute Northeastern University--Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute Michigan State University Toxics Action Center Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Testing for PEASE

‘Canary in a coal mine’: Scientists test alligators for PFAS chemical compounds

In new studies on wildlife, researchers have found evidence that exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, could harm an animal’s immune system.

Alligators in the lower Cape Fear River had changes in their immune system that could indicate the development of autoimmune-like diseases in response to exposure to high-levels of the contaminants, according to information presented at a forum Tuesday related to the PFAS compound.

The PFAS family of chemicals has been used in products for decades. The compounds have been used to make cookware, food packaging, stain repellents and other products. Read more…