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Antarctic sea-ice bacteria could be contaminating seafood with a dangerous form of mercury

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 05, 2016 01:04 AM
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by Katie Medlock last modified Aug 04, 2016

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,...






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