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Fluorogenic Polymer Can Detect Mercury Levels in Fish

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BURGOS, Spain, March 7, 2017 — A novel fluorescent polymer that lights up when it makes contact with mercury that may be present in fish could be used to reduce the sale and consumption of fish containing mercury levels deemed to be unsafe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). A swordfish auction in the fish market of Vigo, Spain. Courtesy of José Antonio Gil Martínez. The fluorogenic polymer, JG25, can detect the presence of mercury in its organic form (MeHg+) and as an inorganic salt (Hc2+). The presence of mercury in fish comes from natural...Read full article

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