Mutant fish safely store toxins in fat

Some fish in New York’s Hudson River have become resistant to several of the waterway’s more toxic pollutants. Instead of getting sick from dioxins and related compounds including some polychlorinated biphenyls, Atlantic tomcod harmlessly store these poisons in fat.

But what’s good for this bottom-dwelling species could be bad for those feeding on it. Each bite of tomcod that a predator takes will move a potent dose of toxic chemicals up the food chain by a process called bioaccumulation. Eventually the toxins could be eaten by species that could end up on home dinner tables. Read more here or here.

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  1. 10 Mutant Toxins Blogs Says:

    […] Mutant fish safely store toxins in fat | Mr. Barlow's BlogSome fish in New York's Hudson River have become resistant to several of the waterway's more toxic pollutants. Instead of getting sick from dioxins and related compounds including some polychlorinated biphenyls, Atlantic. […]

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