Evaluation of DNA damage in an Ecuadorian population exposed to glyphosate

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We analyzed the consequences of aerial spraying with glyphosate added to a surfactant solution in the northern part of Ecuador. A total of 24 exposed and 21 unexposed control individuals were investigated using the comet assay. The results showed a higher degree of DNA damage in the exposed group (comet length = 35.5 μm) compared to the control group (comet length = 25.94 μm). These results suggest that in the formulation used during aerial spraying glyphosate had a genotoxic effect on the exposed individuals. Copyright by the Brazilian Society of Genetics.

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Paz-y-Miño, C., Sánchez, M. E., Arévalo, M., Muñoz, M. J., Witte, T., De-la-Carrera, G. O., & Leone, P. E. (2007). Evaluation of DNA damage in an Ecuadorian population exposed to glyphosate. Genetics and Molecular Biology, 30(2), 456–460. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1415-47572007000300026

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