Substance in crude oil harms fish hearts, could affect humans as well

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Research from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station has identified a substance in oil that’s to blame for the cardiotoxicity seen in fish exposed to crude oil spills. More than a hazard for marine life exposed to oil, the contaminant this team identified is abundant in air pollution and could pose a global threat to human health…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (01-31-2017)

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