Unborn babies polluted with industrial chemicals.
The Environmental Working Group, testing umbilical cord blood collected by the American Red Cross, has discovered a chemical soup: an average of 287 different contaminants per sample. The chemicals included byproducts of burning coal, gasoline, and garbage, as well as flame retardants and pesticides. Most of the 287 compounds detected are believed to cause cancer or birth defects, or are neurotoxins. Umbilicial cord blood carries its contents from mothers to their unborn babies, so the chemicals are in mothers' blood as well.
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