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OSU Lab Wins Grant To Study Chemicals

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Robert Tanguay in the lab, with zebrafish.

Try to pronounce "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" in a hurry, and you soon understand why the usual tag for them is simply PFAS (pee-fass). 

They are chemicals found in many chemicals, from polishes to teflon cookware to food wraps.  And they are a source of concern, because they last a long time in the environment and in the human body. 

So bring on the zebrafish.  The Tanguay Lab at Oregon State University just got a major grant to study the toxicity of PFAS.  Robert Tanguay and Jennifer Field at the lab explain their testing procedures, and how zebrafish are involved.   

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