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Mercury conference confronts contentious topics

One of the panel sessions at the ‘Mercury 2013’ International Conference in Edinburgh (28th July – 2nd Aug) “will be highly contentious and should result in a heated debate,” says Prof. K. Clive Thompson who will be chairing the session with Eric Uram from SafeMinds.



Mercury more dangerous in oceans

Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them.



Sources of mercury to ocean fish

With concern over mercury contamination of tuna on the rise and growing information about the health effects of eating contaminated fish, scientists would like to know exactly where the pollutant is coming from and how it's getting into open-ocean fish species.



Atomic absorption spectrometry provides mercury analysis in fish

Mercury contamination in fish is a worldwide problem. Here, Dr Andrew David Bowen and Hazel Dickson provide details of the reagents, sample preparation and instrument conditions needed to analyse low levels of it using atomic absorption spectrometry.



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