May 27, 2010


Dead fish in Pompton Lake not tied to Dupont work, DEP says

A fish kill involving several hundred carp and some sunfish in Pompton Lake appears to be natural in origin and not the result of sediment borings that DuPont had been conducting in the lake, state environmental officials said.

...The Pompton Lake kill "was not a blanket kill where all you see is a mat of dead fish," Merrill said. "The unusual thing was they were carp of a particular size — there were no juvenile fish. Whatever is affecting them, it's hitting carp that are of spawning age, which may be more stressed because of spawning and therefore more vulnerable to the bacteria."

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26 May 2010
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Coinfecting prion strains compete for a limiting cellular resource.
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Prion shedding from olfactory neurons into nasal secretions
PLoS Pathog. 2010 Apr 15;6(4):e1000837.
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Spatial and temporal association of outbreaks of H5N1 influenza virus infection in wild birds with the 0 degrees C isotherm
PLoS Pathog. 2010 Apr 8;6(4):e1000854.
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