Talk:Developmental toxicity

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Merge from Teratology[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

The result was not merged. -- SAMI  talk 10:26, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

This article was proposed to be merged to teratology. In fact, teratogenicity is a special case of developmental toxicology leading to structural malformations. There are many other forms of developmental effects that are not terata. Examples are slow physical or mental development.Viinamakelainen (talk) 20:55, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

The mergeing proposal was anonymously made and was not associated with an entry here, contrary to Wiki convention. As Viinamakelainen states, Developmental toxicity is the wider term. It follows that if a merge is to be made then it is Teratology that should be merged with this article not vice versa. Perhaps the optimum solution would be for the Teratology article to be renamed Developmental toxicity and for this article to be made into the introduction of that. LookingGlass (talk) 05:05, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
Oppose, since Teratology also covers teratogenic effects of infections, which can not themselves be called toxic substances. Thus, neither Teratology nor Developmental toxicology can be called "wider", but are rather two largely overlapping articles, both with some unique features. Mikael Häggström (talk) 16:17, 10 November 2013 (UTC)
On second thought, I support a merge. With so many related articles (Developmental toxicity, Teratology, Congenital disorder and Environmental toxins and fetal development, I don't think we can afford to oppose a merger like this for a relatively small issue about definition. An explanation in the article is enough, which I'll do right now. Mikael Häggström (talk) 16:34, 10 November 2013 (UTC)
Aren't the teratogenic effects of infections caused by the toxins generated by the pathogens rather than by the pathogens directly? LookingGlass (talk) 09:15, 11 November 2013 (UTC)
On third thought, I again oppose a merge. Looking at Congenital_abnormalities#Causes, there are so many more causes of congenital abdormalities than toxins. As for infections, a direct teratogenic effect must be the case in viral infections rather than by producing toxins. The only reason I see for keeping this article of Developmental toxicity is because its scope includes teratogenic effects after birth, but in order to keep being included by that justification I think it needs to provide some actual examples of teratogenicity after birth. Mikael Häggström (talk) 21:31, 21 November 2013 (UTC)