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Sex ratio at birth in Masjid-i-Sulaiman (Khozestan province, Iran)
  1. M Saadat1,
  2. M Ansari-Lari2,
  3. A Bahaoddini3
  1. 1Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454, Iran;
  2. 2Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sconces, Shiraz, Iran
  3. 3Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University

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    Little is known about the factors that affect the sex ratio in humans. Many animal and human studies have indicated an association between environmental toxins and altered sex ratios.1,2 Masjid-i-Sulaiman (MIS) is located in the Khozestan province, southwest of Iran. The first oil well in the Middle East was located in MIS (excavated in 1908 by William Darcy). Petroleum—whether gas, oil, or liquid asphalt—that exudes in the form of springs and seepages may …

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    • This study was supported by Shiraz University