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Nature 220, 1098 - 1102 (14 December 1968); doi:10.1038/2201098a0

Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Global Ecosystem

R. W. RISEBROUGH, P. RIECHE, D. B. PEAKALL, S. G. HERMAN & M. N. KIRVEN

Institute of Marine Resources, University of California, Berkeley 94720
Division of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14750
Department of Zoology, University of California, Davis 95616
San Diego Natural History Museum, PO Box 1390, San Diego, California 92112

Polychlorinated biphenyls are widely dispersed in the global ecosystem, and are powerful inducers of hepatic enzymes which degrade oestradiol. Together with other chlorinated biocides, such as DDT, they could account for a large part of the aberration in calcium metabolism which has been observed in many species of birds since the Second World War.

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