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Labile Organo-Halogen Compounds and their Gas Chromatographic Detection and Determination in Biological Media

Naturevolume 193pages573575 (1962) | Download Citation



THE great usefulness of DDT and similar organochlorine pesticides to agriculture and for the preservation of health throughout the world has lead to an enormous distribution of these chemicals. For example, the production in 1959 for DDT in the United States was 156,738,000 lb.1. The ultimate fate of this enormous tonnage in relation to food consumption and to physiological effects on man and animals is a matter that merits and receives considerable scientific investigation.

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  1. University of California Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, California

    • F. A. GUNTHER
    •  & R. C. BLINN
  2. Research Department, California Chemical Co., Richmond, California

    • G. K. KOHN


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