26 Aug '12, 6pm

Skin Cancer Found in Wild Fish for First Time

Fish are getting skin cancer. For the first time ever, scientists are finding melanoma is not just increasing in people. It is also affecting wild fish . An international team of researchers examined a commercially-important marine fish, the coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus ). In two sites in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, they discovered 15 percent of the trout bore lesions like the melanoma lesions in laboratory experiments with Xiphophorus . (Those playfish or swordfish have long been used in cancer research .) Some of the coral trout had only small lesions. Others were nearly black with them. Prior to this study, scientists assumed only the hybrid crosses of Xiphophorus bred in captivity could contract melanoma. Their wild relatives were not susceptible, even after being exposed to high doses of physical and chemical carcinogens. The lesions on the Great Barrie...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/skin-cancer-found-in-wild-fis...

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