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Female fetuses exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals are highly likely to develop endometriosis in later life, a member of a research team at Okayama University’s department of medicine said Thursday.

Team leader Akihiko Seki told Kyodo News that a study by the group also shows that girls are unlikely to suffer endometriosis — a condition in which endometrial tissue grows in abnormal locations, often resulting in severe pain or infertility — even if they are fed with breast milk contaminated with the chemicals.

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