The researchers exposed a group of pregnant mice to BPA and then studied how it affected the neurons and the brain development of the offspring. The researchers found that BPA suppressed a gene that it critical to nerve cell functioning and the central nervous system though the researchers were quick to add that the amount of BPA that the mice consumed was not at normal consumption rates. The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Our study found that BPA may impair the development of the central nervous system. [It] raises the question as to whether exposure could predispose animals and humans to neurodevelopmental disorders", lead researcher Wolfgang Liedtke said.