Misconceptions About Environmental Pollution, Pesticides and the Causes of Cancer

Policy Reports | Energy and Natural Resources

No. 214
Sunday, March 01, 1998
by Bruce N. Ames and Lois Swirsky Gold

About the Authors

Dr. Bruce N. Ames is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was on their Commission on Life Sciences. He was a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute (1976-82). His many awards include: the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Prize (1983), the Tyler Prize for environmental achievement (1985), the Gold Medal Award of the American Institute of Chemists (1991), the Glenn Foundation Award of the Gerontological Society of America (1992), the Lovelace Institutes Award for Excellence in Environmental Health Research (1995), the Honda Foundation Prize for Ecotoxicology (1996) and the Japan Prize (1997). His 400+ publications have resulted in his being the 23rd most-cited scientist (in all fields) (1973-84). BNAmes@UCLink4.Berkeley.edu

Dr. Lois Swirsky Gold is Director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Scientist at the Berkeley National Laboratory 94720. She has published 85 papers on analyses of animal cancer tests and implications for cancer prevention, interspecies extrapolation and regulatory policy. The Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB), published as a CRC handbook, analyzes results of 5000 chronic, long-term cancer tests on 1300 chemicals. Dr. Gold has served on the Panel of Expert Reviewers for the National Toxicology Program, the Boards of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and the Annapolis Center, and was a member of the Harvard Risk Management Group. Lois@potency.Berkeley.edu

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