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UPDATED CALENDAR ITEM: MU to Host Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance Conference

April 30, 2016

By Molly Peterson WHAT: “The Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance” is an international, interdisciplinary conference hosted by the MU Afro-Romance Institute and the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 27-30. The conference will focus on socio-cultural and political expressions, context, and impact of Afro-Cuban artists who became influential after 1959. The conference will […]  Full Story

EXPERT AVAILABLE: MU Researcher Helps Determine that BPA Has Adverse Effects on Couples Seeking In Vitro Fertilization

April 28, 2016

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, metal food and beverage containers, and thermal paper cash register receipts. Long considered to have health effects on animals and humans, exposure to BPA may lead to reduced quality of embryos during reproduction. Fred vom Saal, a University of Missouri endocrinologist and researcher, has studied BPA and its effects on the reproductive system for more than 20 years. Now, a new study has corroborated his work showing that BPA causes a linear increase in the death rate of embryos and could be the cause for decreases in the frequency of implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates in couples seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF). Vom Saal, who wrote a review of the study for Nature Reviews Endocrinology, says that this is more proof that BPA usage should cease.  Full Story
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