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Seatox Research Inc.

Development of user-friendly fluorescence based assays for marine toxins

Jennifer McCall, Ph.D.

NIEHS Grant: R42ES023724

Seatox Research Inc. is developing and testing a fluorescence-based method to detect marine neurotoxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning and amnesic shellfish poisoning. They are also validating their test kits for seafood samples for use as a commercial research tool. This approach could offer rapid detection while also bringing the advantages of lower cost and high sensitivity. It is also safer because it avoids the radioactivity used in current detection approaches for these toxins. This fluorescence detection approach could help detect toxins in seafood or coastal water samples, thereby, protecting human health and aiding in the monitoring of fishery resources.

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