What we are studying
The purpose of this pilot study is to test the feasibility of isolating genetic material from sperm and blood cells. We need to perform preliminary studies to optimize our analytical methods for gene expression profile and DNA methylation. Samples of blood and semen from men who work around pesticides will be compared with blood and semen samples of men who do not work around pesticides. The results from this study will eventually be used to study the effects of pesticide exposure on male reproductive health. Knowledge learned from this study may be used to educate farm workers and protect them from harmful pesticides.