Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer

The toxic baby

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Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.

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Tyrone Hayes · Biologist

Tyrone Hayes studies frogs and amphibians — and the effects on their bodies of common farming chemicals.

Tyrone Hayes studies frogs and amphibians — and the effects on their bodies of common farming chemicals.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer · Filmmaker

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer made the film "Toxic Baby," exploring environmental toxins through interviews and surreal imagery.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer made the film "Toxic Baby," exploring environmental toxins through interviews and surreal imagery.