Oil harms fish hearts

Oil spills in the ocean can perturb the beating of heart cells

By Beth Mole, 11:24 AM February 14, 2014

CHICAGO— Every year, thousands of spills release crude oil into the ocean. Some spills are tiny. Others can be huge. A new study now finds that wherever it occurs, that oil pollution may harm fish. In new tests, oil impaired the activity of structures in the cells of fish hearts. Those changes crippled the organized pitter-patter of an animal’s heartbeats.

Researchers already knew that oil pollution harms heart health in hatchlings and in embryonic fish (those still in eggs). What they didn’t ...

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