Oil Spill Causes Short-Term Damage to Rat DNA, Implications for the BP Gulf oil spill?

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“The new study of rats shows a direct link between respiratory exposure to compounds discharged by the fuel and damage to genetic material. In order to analyse the possible alterations to the DNA and its repair processes, the researchers took blood samples from each animal and carried out cytogenic tests.”

ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2012) —

An experiment carried out on rodents exposed to fuel similar to that of the Prestige tanker oil spill — which took place nearly a decade ago — shows that inhalation of the fuel causes damage to genetic material. According to the study, led by the University of A Coruña, the results could be used in relation to people who carry out the industrial cleaning of coasts.

On Nov. 19, 2012, it will be ten years since the sinking of the Prestige, which caused one of Spain’s largest ecological disasters. The oil spill reached the coasts of…

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