Disruptive Research

While I was editor of High Country News, my wife and I lived in the tiny (pop. 1,500) Colorado town of Paonia.

It’s a gorgeous place, on the West Slope of the Rockies about halfway between Aspen and Telluride. But it’s also a zillion miles from anything like a city, and there are very few jobs. Luckily, former HCN Publisher Ed Marston introduced my wife to the amazing Dr. Theo Colburn, a zoology professor emeritus who runs an amazing Paonia-based nonprofit called TEDX, or the Endocrine Disruption Exchange. Theo was kind enough to hire my wife. TEDX collects and disseminates research on chemicals that interfere with reproduction in some way, and it has just released a wonderful database of research into more than 1,300 of these compounds. If you’re interested in BPA and other chemicals that appear to have untoward effects on human development at very low doses, you’ll want to go here and download the spreadsheet.

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