Using E. Coli to Detect Hormone Disruptors in the Environment (image) American Chemical Society Share Print E-Mail Caption Researchers developed a device that uses E. coli cells expressing a protein receptor to rapidly detect the presence of many different endocrine disrupting compounds. Credit Please credit the American Chemical Society. Usage Restrictions None. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.