Issue Date: March 12, 2012
Algal Toxin Breaks Ring Record
In 1998, a red tide algal bloom blanketed parts of the southern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. An algae species, Karenia brevisulcata, in the bloom spewed toxins that killed most fish in Wellington Harbour and caused respiratory problems in more than 500 people nearby. Scientists had previously isolated groups of toxins from this species, but the large size of many of the molecules made structural determination difficult. Masayuki Satake of the . . .
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