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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Huge Area for Fishing Reopened as Seafood Threat Lessens
10 August 2010 5:18 pm
NOAA has reopened more than 13,000 square kilometers of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing. "Since July 3, NOAA data have shown no oil in [this] area," a NOAA release says. "Fish caught in the area and tested by NOAA experts have shown no signs of contamination."
In general, food scientists are relieved that traces of the most dangerous constituents of oil, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, have been hard to detect in gulf fish and shellfish.
"Everyone's surprised they're not finding more PAHs in seafood," says Jim Bradford of analytical chemistry groupAOAC. In retrospect, were the risks to seafood exaggerated in May and June? Bradford says no, "I don't think it was overblown. I think we overestimated the short term impact, and I think we're underestimating the long-term impact. … The safety of gulf seafood will be in question for some time."