Bacteria saved gulf from ruin, Washington Post, January 11, 2011:
It's too soon to declare a happy, green ending to this story. We don't really know how the chemicals that bacteria release after eating oil will affect human and animal health. Some of them are known to mimic testosterone and estrogen. It's possible, although somewhat unlikely, that these compounds hamper endocrine functions at exceedingly low concentrations.
Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, and metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes.