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Evidence of chromosomal damage in common eiders (Somateria mollissima) from the Baltic Sea

Marine Pollution Bulletin

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Abstract

Common eiders nesting in the Baltic Sea are exposed to generally high levels of contaminants including potentially genotoxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organochlorines. Blood samples were collected from eiders at eight sites in the Baltic Sea and two sites in the Beaufort Sea. DNA content variation was estimated using the flow cytometric method, and subsequently utilized as a biomarker of genetic damage. We observed no significant differences in genetic damage among populations within either the Baltic or Beaufort Seas. However, eider populations from the Baltic Sea had significantly elevated estimates of genetic damage compared to populations from the Beaufort Sea.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Evidence of chromosomal damage in common eiders (Somateria mollissima) from the Baltic Sea
Series title:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume
49
Issue:
11-12
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 1066-1071
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
First page:
1066
Last page:
1071