Tag: Ask a Toxicologist

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?

When was the last time you microwaved food in a plastic container? At some point in my life, I switched many of my plastic food storage containers to glass containers. Someone told me, perhaps my mom, that microwaving food in those plastic containers could cause…

ToxCast and ToxPI: Emerging Tools for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century

ToxCast and ToxPI: Emerging Tools for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century

Hindsight is always 20/20, especially in the field of science. Given what we know now, it seems crazy that people used to think the world was flat. The realm of toxicology is filled with similar stories (see “pregnancy-boosting” DES and super-insecticide DDT). In the mid-twentieth…

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to use Teflon pans?

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to use Teflon pans?

As a young adult living in Carolina, I have come to associate summer with intolerable heat, delicious watermelon, and…the start of wedding season. Two friends of mine got married recently in May. A few months before, as they were making their registry, they encountered a…