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New Clue Emerges in Mysterious Manatee Die-Off in Florida
Late last week, a chemist found what might be an important clue in the ongoing mystery surrounding mass animal deaths in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon: Multiple unknown toxins, isolated from algae in the lagoon, that kill mammalian cells.
But despite widespread media coverage implying the case is all but closed, the toxins are just one of many clues in a complicated case. Before the toxins can be linked to the deaths, there are many crucial questions that need answers — including whether the compounds are found in the carcasses.
(USFWS/Southeast/Flickr)

New Clue Emerges in Mysterious Manatee Die-Off in Florida

Late last week, a chemist found what might be an important clue in the ongoing mystery surrounding mass animal deaths in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon: Multiple unknown toxins, isolated from algae in the lagoon, that kill mammalian cells.

But despite widespread media coverage implying the case is all but closed, the toxins are just one of many clues in a complicated case. Before the toxins can be linked to the deaths, there are many crucial questions that need answers — including whether the compounds are found in the carcasses.

(USFWS/Southeast/Flickr)

Tagged: ManateeToxinsAlgaeBiologyScience

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