“Study finds bacteria in marine sponge produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds”

Quoted from Phys.org - https://phys.org/news/2017-05-bacteria-marine-sponge-toxic-flame.html

“Study finds bacteria in marine sponge produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds”

“A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego-led research team discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants.

The new findings put the research team one step closer to unraveling the mystery of this powerful group of chemical , known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), in the marine environment. PBDEs are a subgroup of brominated flame retardants that are combined into foam, textiles, and electronics to raise the temperature at which the products will burn. These man-made industrial chemicals are powerful endocrine disruptors that mimic the activity of the human body’s most active thyroid hormone.”

May 11, 2017 by Robert Monroe

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