Monday, September 27, 2010

ALERT: Plumes of Corexit/oil mix causing microbes to have “Mutant DNA” that can be “passed on” says USF researcher appearing tomorrow on National Geographic

USF research included in TV special on Gulf spill, Tampa Tribune, September 27, 2010:

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The [University of South Florida researchers] discovered plumes of dispersed oil at the bottom of an undersea canyon about 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle.

It was found to be toxic to microscopic sea organisms, causing mutations to their DNA. …

“I call these canaries in the coal mine as they are the first to feel the effects,” [University of South Florida researcher John Paul who is included in a documentary debuting Tuesday night in the National Geographic Channel] says. …

“The problem with mutant DNA is that it can be passed on and we don’t how this will affect fish or other marine life,” he says, adding that the effects could last for decades.

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