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Analyses of the Effects of Crude Oil on Increased Disease Susceptibility and Physiological Responses of Selected Gulf of Mexico Fishes

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Mississippi State University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Chemical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Oil exposure has been associated with devastating infectious disease outbreaks in wild populations of fish. The links between these outbreaks and the oil exposure are circumstantial but they suggest an associated perturbation of fishes' immune systems. In Phase 1 of our research we validated the use of the flowcytometer as a high-throughput, sensitive method for evaluating fish immune cell profiles. We sampled oil-exposed alligator gar and killifish near Terrebonne Bay in August.


Lora Petrie-Hanson
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