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Pharmaceuticals May Alter Sea-Life Behavior

11:25 AM MDT | July 19, 2010 | Alex Scott

Rising concentrations of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters around the U.K. could be changing sea-life behavior and potentially damage the food-chain, according to a new study undertaken at the University of Portsmouth (Portsmouth, U.K.). The increased concentrations of such drugs in coastal waters are the result of their rising use in the human population. Once excreted by humans, the drugs are entering the aquatic environment via effluent from domestic waste-water treatment plants. Research into the behavior of shrimps exposed to the antidepressant...

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