The Dartmouth SRP Releases a New Short Film: Mercury: From Source to Seafood

A ten minute web-based film explaining how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and the need to keep mercury out of the environment is now available at and on YouTube. Stay tuned for premiere events this fall at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Red River Theatres in Concord, NH and at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dartmouth Superfund Program Teams Up With iQBS to Offer a Class in Bioinformatics

An Applied Bioinformatics Course will be held this fall at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. The course is a collaboration between the Dartmouth SRP and the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at Dartmouth and made possible by a partnership with MDIBL. The class will provide hands-on training on major bioinformatics resources through the analysis of an RNA-Seq data set to find differentially expressed genes and investigate previously described functions of those genes and the pathways in which they are involved.

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Recently Published Papers

C-MERC Papers Published in EHP

The Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC) gave rise to eleven papers. The first two appear in the June issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Margaret Karagas is the lead author of "Evidence on the Human Health Effects of Low Level Methylmercury Exposure" and Emily Oken is the lead author of "Which Fish Should I Eat? Perspectives Influencing Fish Consumption Choices.” An editorial by Celia Chen precedes the papers.

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Superfund Researchers Publish Arsenic Paper in PLoS One
A breakthrough paper on the health effects of arsenic was published in the June issue of PLoS One by Dartmouth researchers Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole and Courtney Kozul-Horvath at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  Their research links exposure to arsenic in drinking water to adverse health outcomes in pregnant and lactating mice and their offspring.

New Mercury Textbook

A comprehensive source of information for environmental managers, health professionals, scientists, and the interested public, Mercury in the Environment summarizes mercury cycling and transport and dynamics in terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric environments and exposure and effects in humans and wildlife. Celia Chen and colleagues, Charles Driscoll of Syracuse University, and Neil Kamman of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation authored the chapter: "Mercury Hotspots in Freshwater Ecosystems: Drivers, Processes, and Patterns."

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