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2 Your Health Figuring Out Fertility: Gators key to human reproduction

Figuring Out Fertility: Gators key to human reproduction

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Alligators and humans are more alike than most people realize, according to a leading researcher at Hollings Marine Lab at Medical University of South Carolina.  In a 2 Your Health investigative report on News 2 at 6 Thursday, Dr. Louis Guillette explains to News 2 anchor Carolyn Murray how South Carolina's alligators are helping his Charleston-based research team investigate the causes of infertility in humans.

The world renowned researcher says the reptiles ovaries are identical at the gene to humans plus alligators and humans share many common reproductive diseases. By partnering with endocrinologists Guillette and his team study the way that various chemicals, such as phthalates – chemical stabilizers common in hand creams, makeup and other toiletries – adversely affect women and their unborn children.

The report also reveals the specific findings from Harvard study of a "fertility diet" which shows lifestyle and diet changes that may dramatically improve a woman's chances of conceiving.



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