03 Aug '12, 2pm

Fish with skin cancer have been discovered on the Great Barrier Reef

Fish with skin cancer have been discovered on the Great Barrier Reef

Skin Cancer Appears in Australian Fish Posted Fri, Aug 3, 2012 by Matt Huelsenbeck to australia , coral trout , fish , great barrier reef , melanoma , ozone layer , skin cancer The black spots on this coral trout are melanomas. © Michael Sweet/Newcastle University Strange lesions are showing up in coral trout in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In a new paper in the journal PloS One researchers found that 15% of reef fish tested showed signs of melanomas . This is a high occurrence, given that many of the fish with this condition may have already been eaten by predators or perished due to the illness. This is the first time skin cancer has been documented in a wild marine fish species, but in the laboratory another species exposed to high UV radiation showed similar lesions, and they lived greatly reduced life spans. The authors note that the occurrence of the melanoma...

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