Mechanism Of Crude Oil Heart Toxicity Revealed From Oil Spill Research

Oiled Kemp’s Ridley turtle, BP Gulf oil spill, 2010. Photo source: NOAA


While studying the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on tuna, a research team discovered that crude oil interrupts a molecular pathway that allows fish heart cells to beat effectively. The components of the pathway are present in the hearts of most animals, including humans…

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