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DDT or 1,1-bis(p-Chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane was a popular insecticide commonly used in the 1940s through to the 1970s.

Chemical Formula: C14H9Cl5
Other names: 1,1-bis(p-Chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane
Layman's explanation: DDT was initially introduced into the environment as a pesticide for crops. Later on it was also used as an excellent and fairly inexpensive deterrent of mosquitoes, to control the spread of malaria all over the world. Although the inclusion of DDT into the environment saved millions of lives, it was found to be harmful to worms, fish, and predatory birds. Moreover, this chemical is not biodegradable and persists in the environment for many years. Due to its damaging effects, DDT's use was banned in the United States.
Keywords: Insecticide, Pesticide, malaria, Yellow Fever, WWI

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