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Defense Date

1-1981

Document Type

Thesis - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

M.S. Life Sciences

Department

Oceanographic Center

First Advisor

Robert A. Menzies

Abstract

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin (TCDD) is found as a contaminant of certain herbicides. Vietnam veterans and others exposed to this dioxin have suffered a wide range of serious health problems, many of which appear to be associated with the toxic effects of dioxins demonstrated by experiments in animal systems. The mechanism by which 2,3,7,8-TCDD exerts its toxic effects is most likely based on microsomal enzyme induction, yet the exact workings of the mechanism remain to be discovered.

This paper is the result of an extensive survey of the recent scientific literature describing research on the biological effects of dioxins, specifically, 2,3,7,8-TCDD and its possible effects on human health.

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