Ill-effects of air pollution may be transgenerational: Experts: The Hindu

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 11.28.20 AM.png“Adverse effects of air pollution, described as the world’s biggest environmental risk by WHO, may linger on in Delhi for generations to come, experts warn. New studies in this area, indicating that its impact may be ‘transgenerational’, have unsettled pollution experts and doctors here.

T K Joshi, Director, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, said that a study by the US-based National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has uncovered this fact.

“New research that has shaken all of us says that if a fetus is exposed to air pollution, she has change in her genes, and these changes are such that they don’t remain confined to her only. The impact is transgenerational. That means her children, her grand children will be affected. And you cannot undo a change in gene. If we don’t control this then we are creating lot of diseases to which we do not have any cure, like asthma, cancer, stroke,” Joshi said…” The Hindu. Read the full article on delhiair.org.

Ill-effects of air pollution may be transgenerational: Experts

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