A ghost gene leaves ocean mammals vulnerable to some pesticides

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GHOST GENE’ The ancestors of manatees and other marine mammals lost working versions of’certain genes millions of years ago. One of those genes protects land mammals against some harmful pesticides.

Jumping ahead.

A gene that helps mammals break down certain toxic chemicals appears to be faulty in marine mammals ‘ potentially leaving manatees, dolphins and other warm-blooded water dwellers more sensitive to dangerous pesticides.

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  • Date: 2018-08-09T15:34:19-04:00
  • Author: Cassie Martin
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