Fish Embryos possess a Mechanism for Protection against Chemicals

Fish Embryos possess a Mechanism for Protection against Chemicals

Researchers at Eawag, the Swiss aquatic research Institute and colleagues from Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig (D) have made a sensational discovery in the finding that a protein transports chemicals out of the embryo of Zebrafish protecting the embryo against toxic substances

However, certain environmental chemicals render this protective mechanism ineffective, so that the fish embryos become more sensitive to toxic substances. The study has been published in the scientific journal “BMC Biology 2013” and could prove to be of great importance for the future assessment of chemical substances.

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