Navigation Links
Study eyes fluoxetine in recreational waters
Date:11/18/2010

Mercyhurst College's research of contaminants in the recreational waters at Presque Isle State Park got a $250,000 boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was announced today.

The funds, awarded to Mercyhurst in collaboration with the Regional Science Consortium and Penn State Behrend, will be used to identify and quantify chemicals in the water with important human and environmental health implications. Dr. Steven Mauro, assistant professor of biology, is directing the research at Mercyhurst.

One chemical that Mauro's team of biology students at Mercyhurst has targeted is fluoxetine, an anti-depressant. It has been identified in elevated concentrations at two locations along Elk Creek and Walnut Creek and at beaches 1, 2, 6 and 10.

"Our current data reveals the presence of fluoxetine at levels nonthreatening to animals or humans, but quite capable of killing microbes, like bacteria and viruses, that are important to the viability of any aquatic area," Mauro said. "What gives us reason for concern and why we want to focus more studies on fluoxetine is that it is more lethal to E. coli than other types of bacteria we have thus far tested."

E.coli has the potential to be pathogenic to humans, so the ability of fluoxetine to remove E.coli from these waters may be positive for human safety. However, since the safety of Presque Isle's recreational waters to the swimming public is typically gauged by E.coli levels, Mauro suggested the possibility that fluoxetine could be lowering the E. coli numbers and giving a false impression that the waters are safer than they are.

He said continued studies of fluoxetine, including its interaction with other chemicals and its impact on bacteria like E. coli, are needed to draw relevant, actionable conclusions. While Mercyhurst will conduct much of the actual on-site research, Mauro said faculty from Penn State Behrend and the Regional Science Consortium will aid in th
'/>"/>

Contact: Debbie Morton
dmorton@mercyhurst.edu
814-824-2552
Mercyhurst College
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Long-term study shows effect of climate change on animal diversity
2. £2 million study to reveal workings of dementia genes
3. New study looks to define evangelicals and how they affect polling
4. CU-Boulder study suggests air quality regulations miss key pollutants
5. Researchers study acoustic communication in deep-sea fish
6. Study reveals homeowner perceptions in fire-prone areas
7. Researchers study how pistachios may improve heart health
8. Study: urban black bears live fast, die young
9. New study indicates link between weight gains during pregnancy and dieting history
10. Study reveals specific gene in adolescent men with delinquent peers
11. Sweat it out: UH study examines ability of sweat patches to monitor bone loss
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/27/2014)... 27, 2014 University of Utah biologist agan Sekercioglu, ... has won that nation,s highest science prize, which is ... Sekercioglu is among five researchers picked for 2014 the ... Council of Turkey. Three researchers won the Science Award ... Award, which is equivalent to the Science Award but ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... greatest risk to Europe based upon a proxy for ... using a ,big data, approach to scientific research. , ... Global Health ranked the top 100 pathogens affecting humans ... system which, they believe, will help governments across the ... infectious diseases, including as a result of climate change, ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and ... Annual International Conference (EMBC,14), this year being held at ... Chicago, Illinois , from Tuesday, August 26 through ... and industry professionals in science, medicine, and engineering are ... This year,s conference theme is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):University of Utah biologist wins Turkey's top science prize 2Big data approach identifies Europe's most dangerous human and domestic animal pathogens 2Global Leaders In Science, Medicine, And Engineering Gather For The 36th Annual International Conference Of The IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society, August 26-30 In Chicago 2Global Leaders In Science, Medicine, And Engineering Gather For The 36th Annual International Conference Of The IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society, August 26-30 In Chicago 3
... remarkable eyes of a marine crustacean could inspire the next ... study from the University of Bristol published today in ... are found on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and ... They can see in twelve colours (humans see in only ...
... 23 GenVault Corporation, the leader in ambient temperature ... announced that David Wellis, Ph.D., GenVault,s President and CEO, ... place on October 26th and 27th in La Jolla, ... an overview of the company together with recent customer, ...
... A bioethicist who specializes in moral dilemmas families face ... the first-ever March of Dimes Distinguished Lectureship in Perinatal Bioethics. ... John D. Lantos, MD, a nationally-recognized pediatrician and ethicist, delivered ... at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 11th annual ...
Cached Biology News:Mantis shrimps could show us the way to a better DVD 2GenVault Corporation to Present at the 2009 BIOCOM Investor Conference 2March of Dimes establishes 2 new perinatal bioethics awards 2
(Date:8/27/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets  has ... Acid  (Biodegradable Polymer, Food & Beverage, Personal Care ... 2019" report to their offering. ... an asymmetrical carbon atom. The main applications of ... and beverage, personal care product, and pharmaceutical industries. ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 Guggenheim Securities, ... Partners, today announced the hiring of veteran equity analyst ... equity analyst. Mr. Butler will focus on the biotech/biopharma ... team a wealth of experience and a broad network ... , Senior Managing Director and Head of Equities at ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 Research and ... Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Industry Report 2014" ... Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Industry Report 2014 is ... of the global isotope ratio mass spectrometer industry. ... industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... BIOEQUA, an innovative line of skin care ... handheld spray, has made its EQUA ESSENTIAL line available ... brand began with an unexpected discovery in an emergency ... that the application of nanospray technology allowed for liquid ... to skin's basal layer. This resulted in immediate absorption ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Lactic Acid (Biodegradable Polymer, Food & Beverage, Personal Care & Pharmaceutical) Market - Trends & Forecasts to 2019 2Guggenheim Securities Hires Analyst Charles "Tony" Butler to Expand Healthcare Coverage 2Global Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Industry Report 2014 2BIOEQUA'S EQUA ESSENTIAL Product Line Redefines Skin Care & Now Available in America 2
... to Support Development of Renewable Replacement for Light ... ... 27 Solazyme, a,bioscience company pioneering biofuels and health/wellness products from,microalgae, ... Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a,biopetroleum derived from marine ...
... E. coli bacteria, Duke University chemists and engineers have ... imprinted to create microdevices such as labs-on-a-chip. , Their ... to 1 nanometer, or billionths of a meter, the ... of the Journal of Organic Chemistry. , "This ...
... LOUIS, Sept. 27 Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq:,SIAL) is pleased ... named the,Vice President of R&D for the Research ... role, he will help expand Sigma-Aldrich,s,leadership position through ... science researchers. Sullivan has been involved with Sigma-Aldrich,since ...
Cached Biology Technology:Solazyme Selected for National Institute of Standards and Technology Award 2Using catalysts to stamp nanopatterns without ink 2Using catalysts to stamp nanopatterns without ink 3Sigma-Aldrich Names Patrick Sullivan New VP of Research and Development for Research Biotech 2
Liquid. 50 μg/ml in PBS, pH 7.4. PROTECT FROM LIGHT. A convenient form of propidium iodide useful for flow cytometry studies. RTECS SF7949600, CAS 25535-16-4, M.W. 668.4. ...
... is used for conventional PCR and thermal ... personal thermal cycler, which features a 96-well ... tubes or plates, programmable time, temperature, and ... modes of temperature control. The system also ...
... been developed for affinity capture of ... of ProteinChip chemical surfaces allow differential ... unique biochemical properties. Each chip has ... comparison, and the chips are color-coded ...
The Freeze 'N Squeeze DNA gel extraction kit uses a quick freeze-and-thaw cycle and centrifugation to draw 50-23,000 bp DNA out of agarose gel slices. The kit includes materials for 100 preps....
Biology Products: