Testing for hormonal response

Pete Myers of Environmental Health Sciences, Virginia, has developed TiPED a tiered protocol for testing chemicals to see whether they are likely to be endocrine disruptors. TiPED includes broad in silico evaluation and specific assays at the cellular and whole-organism level. 'It's a voluntary program to be used by chemists, with the help of environmental health scientists, as they work with new chemicals in the lab before they move into the market,' Myers explains.