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  • Pollution triggers genetic resistance mechanism in a coastal fish

    For thirty years, two General Electric facilities released about 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into New York's Hudson River, devastating and contaminating fish populations. Some fifty years later, one type of fish, the Atlantic tomcod, has not only survived but appears to be thriving in the hostile Hudson environment. Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ...

  • Studies Show Genetic Variations in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

    Salem, NY -- Three recent studies show that a genetic variant makes sufferers of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) more likely to develop the condition. In 2004, McKeown-Eyssen studied 203 MCS sufferers and 162 controls and found that genetic differences relating to detoxification processes were present more often in those with MCS than those without. The study concluded that 'a genetic ...


    By MCS America

  • A genetic mutation allows Hudson river fish to adapt to PCBs

    A research group led by an NYU School of Medicine scientist discovered a genetic variant that allows a fish in the Hudson River to live in waters heavily polluted by PCBs. In a study published in the February 18, 2011, online issue of Science, they report that a population of Hudson River fish apparently evolved rapidly in response to the toxic chemicals, which were first introduced in 1929, and ...

  • EPA Holds Workshop For Input On Risk Assessment Of Genetically Engineered Algae

    On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a workshop on genetically engineered (GE) algae to give stakeholders an opportunity to hear about EPA's plans for improving its risk assessments of GE algae ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Lyme, AIDS, Morgellon’s Caused by GM “Toxic Wastes"

    Allegory Press, LLC has released a provocative new book by Midwest author PJ Langhoff, "The Fourth Monkey: An Untold History of the Lyme Disease Epidemic." Langhoff's book contains evidence that Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, Morgellon’s, and other infections including those with “no known cause” have important ties to genetic engineering "accidents" and toxic pollutants. The Fourth Monkey reveals the ...


    By PRWeb

  • Bacterial genes involved in making toxic methylmercury are identified

    Research into mercury has identified two genes in bacteria that appear to be required for turning the metal into its most toxic form, methylmercury. The study adds to a growing body of research that helps us to understand the transformations that mercury undergoes in the environment and the microbes involved in these transformations. Mercury is harmful to animals and humans and its more toxic ...

  • Expanded Annex in REACH Classifies More Substances Toxic to Humans

    Effective from June 1, 2012, Annex XVII of the EU Directive known as REACH extends the list of restricted CMR substances (carcinogenic, mutagenic or repro-toxic) as categories 1A and 1B. Previously defined as categories 1 and 2 and now tagged categories 1A and 1B, the extended list of CMR substances in REACH Annex XVII entries 28-30 (appendices 1-6) was published five years ago in the ...


    By SGS

  • MCS America celebrates multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic injury awareness month

    In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than over 48 million men, women, and children suffer adverse health reactions to everyday chemicals. Multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic injury is an increasing epidemic which leads to emergency department visits, job loss, homelessness, school absenteeism, and serious lifelong chronic illness in America. Multiple chemical sensitivity ...


    By MCS America

  • Agilent Technologies Sponsors Duquesne University Symposium on Exposomics, Toxicity Pathways in Human Health

    Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it is sponsoring a free scientific symposium on exposomics and the etiology of disease. A panel of scientists from Duquesne University, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments will discuss analytical strategies for measuring how environmental ...


    By Agilent Technologies, Inc.

  • Biodiversity slows spread of pesticide resistance

    The ability of organisms to adapt to toxic chemicals like pesticides is essential for their survival, but also an agricultural annoyance. This study shows that interactions between different species can delay the development of pesticide resistance and therefore suggests that biodiversity supports effective pest management. When pest species are exposed to toxic chemicals, like pesticides, they ...

  • Remote, underwater detection of harmful algae

    This achievement represents a significant milestone in NOAA's effort to monitor the type and toxicity of harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs are considered to be increasing not only in their global distribution, but also in the frequency, duration, and severity of their effects. HABs damage coastal ecosystem health and pose threats to humans as well as marine life. Climate change is expected to ...

  • Ridding rice plantations of arsenic from contaminated groundwater

    Genetically engineered rice plants that resist the uptake of toxic metals could boost production and ease the shortage of this staple crop in Asia, India and Bangladesh, where irrigation with contaminated groundwater has created soils with toxic levels of arsenic. More than 80 percent of the world’s population depends on rice as a staple food, but production is dropping in the rice paddies of ...


  • EPA adds 16 chemicals to EPCRA list

    EPA published a final rule Nov. 26 adding 16 chemicals to the EPCRA section 313 list of toxic chemicals, as the agency had proposed in April. Each of the 16 chemicals meets the listing criteria under EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) -- the chronic human health effects criteria -- the agency determined. The chemicals being added individually are: 1-amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone; ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Does mercury damage genes?

    Mercury has many uses but its toxic properties are a health concern. A recent analysis explored the effects of mercury exposure on human genes. They identify four possible processes that could lead to genetic damage and suggest that international safety limits may need reviewing. Mercury is versatile and this means it is used in areas ranging from industry to dentistry and from pharmacology to ...

  • EPA grant to University of Chicago for research on food allergy triggers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $433,100 grant to the University of Chicago to investigate how allergic reactions to food are initiated. The research is expected to lead to improved methods to assess whether pesticides produced in genetically engineered plants can trigger food allergies, which impact more than 11 million Americans each year. The study is funded through ...

  • EPA Announces Public Meeting To Comment On Algae Guidance Documents

    On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a public meeting on the draft Algae Guidance for the Preparation of [Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)] Biotechnology Submissions (Algae Guidance) in the Federal Register. This meeting will receive public input and comments on the draft ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • BBA slated dates for VII Global Biodiesel CropSphere 2014

    The 7th Global Jatropha World 3.0 Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme which shall be held September 24-28, 2014 at Jaipur, India, is mostly dedicated to multifeedstocks for building a sustainable biodiesel industry. The JatrophaWorld 2014 is re—designated as 7th Biodiesel CropSphere 2014 and re- designed to educate all stakeholders about critical issue ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • GM bacteria may mop up mercury more efficiently

    Using genetically modified (GM) bacteria may be a cheaper and easier way to clean up waterways contaminated with one of the most toxic heavy metals, mercury, according to a study. Mercury emissions are rising globally, largely from coal-fired power stations, waste incinerators, and the mining of gold and silver in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Highlights From ABO Summit, Regulatory And Policy Panel

    The Algae Biomass Summit, held in Washington, D.C. last week and claimed by organizers as the largest algae gathering in the world, featured the announcement of a new X-Prize to incentivize development of zero-carbon energy technologies, and some very honest and illuminating plenary sessions ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Mesothelioma causes: research on how asbestos causes mesothelioma

    An article recently released in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology discusses the potential and known causes of mesothelioma, most notably asbestos exposure, and explores the biological processes involved in the development of mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure.  ...

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