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Fish Killer Caught? Ephemeral Pfiesteria compound surfaces

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8:43am, January 17, 2007

A team of researchers claims to have found an elusive algal toxin implicated in massive fish kills along the Mid-Atlantic coast in the 1990s. They say that the compound's characteristics explain why it has been so difficult to track down. Other researchers, however, remain skeptical.

The hunt for a toxic product of the single-celled alga Pfiesteria piscicida dates to the early 1990s, when researchers laid the blame for fish kills in North Carolina waters on the organism (SN: 9/27/97, p. 202: http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc97/9_27_97/bob1.htm). Moreover, scientists who worked with the alga in the laboratory reporte

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