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domoic acid

  • n  a neurotoxin that is deadly for humans; found in various marine algae
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  • Epilepsy in sea lions [Life Lines]
    According to a press release from Stanford University, California sea lions develop epilepsy from exposure to a toxin produced by algae called domoic acid. The animals develop seizures which can result in memory loss, tremors, convulsions and even death. The hippocampal region in the brain of the affected sea lions shows similar damage as humans…
    March 22, 2014 - ScienceBlogs

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