Could hormone residues be involved?

Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, 105 Lefevre Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.
Human Reproduction (Impact Factor: 4.57). 06/2007; 22(6):1503-5. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dem092
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