Dispersal Agent Used in Gulf Cleanup is Worse than Oil: Study

Heme Oxygenase-1 Protects Corexit 9500A-Induced Respiratory Epithelial Injury across Species
PLoS ONE (April 2, 2015; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122275) / by Fu Jun Li, Ryan N. Duggal, et al.

[Birmingham News] One of the primary dispersants used in the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill can cause damage to the respiratory epithelial cells of humans and animals in a laboratory setting, according to a recent study conducted at UAB, but the researchers also found a possible way to lessen that damage.

The results of the study, which were published last week in the scientific journal PLOS One, showed that Corexit 9500A did cause damage to a line of human epithelial cells as well as the lungs of mice and gills of blue crabs and zebrafish…


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