Genotoxicity Studies Performed in the Ecuadorian Population

  • Paz-y-Miño C
  • Cumbal N
  • Sánchez M
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Abstract

Genotoxicity studies in Ecuador have been carried out during the past two decades. The focuses of the research were mainly the area of environmental issues, where the populations have been accidentally exposed to contaminants and the area of occupational exposure of individuals at the workplace. This paper includes studies carried out in the population of the Amazon region, a zone known for its rich biodiversity as well as for the ecological damage caused by oil spills and chemical sprayings whose consequences continue to be controversial. Additionally, we show the results of studies comprised of individuals occupationally exposed to toxic agents in two very different settings: flower plantation workers exposed to pesticide mixtures and X-ray exposure of hospital workers. The results from these studies confirm that genotoxicity studies can help evaluate current conditions and prevent further damage in the populations exposed to contaminants. As such, they are evidence of the need for biomonitoring employers at risk, stricter law enforcement regarding the use of pesticides, and increasingly conscientious oil extraction activities.

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Paz-y-Miño, C., Cumbal, N., & Sánchez, M. E. (2012). Genotoxicity Studies Performed in the Ecuadorian Population. Molecular Biology International, 2012, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/598984

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