Archive for August 11th, 2012

August 11, 2012

Prescribing for shrimps

by Judith Harvey

Shrimps kept in sea water laced with the level of fluoxetine currently found in their natural habitat change their behaviour. Instead of seeking cover from predators under rocks, they swim towards light. So human drugs may trigger behaviour changes which could unbalance the ecosystem.

What happens to all the medication we prescribe? It’s a challenge to find out.

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