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Post Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:37 pm
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Hudson River and New Bedford Killifish appear to have recently evolved resistance to PCB poisoning.

http://www.economist.com/node/21534749

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The species of interest to Dr Wirgin is the Atlantic tomcod of the Hudson river in upstate New York. Part of the Hudson was polluted with PCBs by two General Electric plants. Dr Hahn is looking at a different animal, the killifish (pictured), in New Bedford harbour, Massachusetts, which was polluted by other producers. Both Hudson tomcod and New Bedford killifish are able to tolerate levels of PCB far higher than those that would kill such fish in cleaner waters. The question is, why?

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Post Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:31 pm
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