Expert study into birth deformities in rural France fails to find answers

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While there has been speculation pesticides or water toxins could be responsible for the anomalies, the report published on Friday was unable to firmly identify possible credible causes for the clusters. “We don’t know what we’re looking for,” said Alexandra Benachi, head of the gynaecology and obstetrics department at the Antoine-Béclère in Clamart, close to Paris, and a member of the Santé Publique France agency’s panel of experts. “We have no hypothesis at this stage,” she added. “There is no guarantee of bringing to light an element of causation. It is a very long amount of work that needs to be carried out.”