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E-M:/ Dye Test Can Detect Mercury in Fish Do-it-yourself kit



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Enviro-Mich message from Mary Beth Doyle <marybeth@ecocenter.org>
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Do it yourself mercury testing? What will they think of next! And while
this may be useful to anglers in Michigan (which has fish consumption
advisories on every inland lake due to mercury contamination), I think we
would all be better served by a reduction of mercury releases in the first
place.


Dye Test Can Detect Mercury in Fish

Do-it-yourself kit could be out in a few years


By Randy Dotinga
HealthScout Reporter

THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthScout) -- Home-testing kits already can detect
pregnancy or the presence of drugs, and soon they may be able to find
something else: trouble lurking in your tuna.
California researchers have developed a simple way to test fish for the
presence of mercury, an element that hurts people if they eat too much of it.

A testing kit could be on retail shelves within a few years, they say.

For the full story, see:

 http://www.healthscout.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Af?id=110133&ap=55






Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)




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