Biology faculty member takes to the airwaves to discuss her research

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Synthetic hormones flood the waterways, and Radford University Biology Assistant Professor Sara O’Brien is conducting experiments to pinpoint the source of human-made hormones and the consequences of exposure to them.

The canary-in-the-coal-mine for O’Brien’s research, she says, is the ubiquitous “mosquito fish.”

O’Brien spoke about her research on the With Good Reason radio program. The interview will air Aug. 13-19 on more than 60 With Good Reason stations across the United States. Listeners in the New River Valley can hear the show at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 on Public Radio WVRU 89.9.

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Jul 29, 2016