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Rapid Toxicity Test for Household, Industrial Compounds in the Works at Georgia

Multi-year testing methods have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a list of 80,000 household and industrial compounds that need to be assessed to determine potential health risks. The average American comes in contact with thousands of these chemicals each year. The biggest concern, though, is determining which of these compounds disrupt early fetal and infant brain development. To help change the paradigm of how these chemicals are tested – and how rapidly the EPA receives results – the agency tapped an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Georgia. The university is one of three institutions sharing a $3 million grant from the EPA to more quickly determine the physiological effects of environment chemicals on children and infants.