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The Pfiesteria Conundrum: More Study, Less Certainty

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Science  02 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5654, pp. 25-26
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5654.25a

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WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS-- Questions about whether a microbe called Pfiesteria has caused massive fish kills on the U.S. East Coast have deepened. At a meeting here last month, two rival groups began discussing plans to figure out together why only one of them has found evidence that Pfiesteria produces a fish-killing toxin.