Antarctic sea-ice bacteria could be contaminating seafood with a dangerous form of mercury
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Pollution in the Antarctic may not turn many heads, but seafood lovers must beware of mercury-tainted fish from the southern seas finding its way onto their plates. New research shows how a certain type of sea-ice bacteria may be converting existing mercury into an even more potent neurotoxin that is harmful to the environment, marine life, and those higher up the food chain. A study published in the journal Nature discovered how the Nitrospinia bacterium is turning mercury into methylmercury,...