Grow Balls from Fracking

ballsMäuse, die den gleichen Chemikalien ausgesetzt werden, die man auch während Frackings nutzt, bekommen dicke Eier. Dafür reduziert sich ihre Spermienanzahl, manchmal werden ihre Mäusehäuser von Erdbeben plattgemacht und ihr Leitungswasser fängt an zu stinken. Die Texaner dürften jedenfalls in den kommenden Jahren noch breitbeiniger rumlaufen. Yay!

In a study published in the journal Endocrinology, a group of researchers led by Christopher D. Kassotis of Duke recreated levels of exposure to 24 chemicals used in fracking and drilling operations in lab conditions, and then exposed mice to them. They found that that under these conditions, the mice exhibited “increased testis weights” and decreased sperm count, indicating that the deformed testicular tissue was impacting sperm creation.

Fusion: Study: Exposure to fracking activity could make your balls bigger and reduce your sperm count
Paper: Endocrine-Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Adverse Health Outcomes After Prenatal Exposure in Male Mice (PDF)
(Pic: Lauren and Maras' Mouse fancy Balls)