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POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS: SOURCES, FATE, EFFECTS ON BIRDS AND MAMMALS, AND MECHANISMS OF ACTION
Bohannon, M.E.B. and M.A. Ottinger.
Elsevier, Oxford. The Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene 5:207-213(2018)

PCBs comprise a group of organic compounds that have been persistent and widespread pollutants in the 20th and 21st centuries. PCBs have been shown to have multiple deleterious effects in wildlife. This article focuses on how PCBs have entered the environment, the organic and inorganic matrices they move into, the biological effects they have on wildlife and mammalian health, and the main mechanisms of action by which PCBs exert those effects. Two case studies of PCB contamination are considered in this article along with the effects wrought by PCBs at a cellular and molecular level.



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