A major breakthrough shows oil spills affect fish hearts
Monday, April 20, 2015, 02:20 (GMT + 9)
Researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have revealed that the still-forming hearts of larval fish can be affected by oil spills, leading to developmental defects and reduced survival.
These scientists, who have been conducting a study on bluefin tuna at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Centre in Seattle, reached this conclusion after discovering the molecular mechanism by which toxic compounds in oil damage the hearts of developing fish. They ensure the results likely apply to many other fish species as well.
Nat Scholz, the scientist who leads the programme, explained that Now that they understand the effects more precisely, scientists are developing new diagnostic tools to measure the impacts.
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