Introduction DDT stands for Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane

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          DDT stands for Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane. Paul Muller discovered the
use of DDT as a pesticide and received a nobel prize for his work. This insecticide
was widely used during world war and the following years. However, its side effects
were soon found to be deadly. In a book by Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, the effect
of DDT on thining bird shells was revealed. DDT was eventually banned in the
United States in the early 70s. However, this insecticide was still in widespread use
in some developing countries such as India to control Malaria. This topic is
interesting to me because I have been exposed to this insecticide at a younger age
and I would like to know the effects of DDT on humans.



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