scope of inquiry related to endocrine disruption has broadened dramatically
over the past two decades of research.
framed only as "estrogen mimicry" or "estrogens in the environment,"
research has expanded to include many other hormone systems: estrogen
blocking as well as mimickry, androgen blocking, concern for interference
with thyroid hormones and progesterone, retinoids... the whole gamut.
research continues to mount about the range of chemical-signalling
systems vulnerable to disruption, it is becoming apparent that endocrine
disruption is most likely but one example of a broader class of
contamination effects, termed "signal disruption."
results are being published frequently in the scientific literature
that continue to broaden the scope of inquiry.