Mercury - are we studying the right endpoints and mechanisms

Ellen K. Silbergeld, Patrick J. Devine

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Mercury and methylmercury are major environmental contaminants. New concerns have arisen based upon reports of increasing levels in biota and ecosystems, as well as concerns for low level toxicity. Despite the substantial knowledge about mercury toxicity, there are gaps in our knowledge that limit the development of science based risk assessments. First, mechanistic research on mercury/methylmercury toxicity is not clearly related to sublethal and noncytotoxic effects. Second, relatively little attention has been paid to nonneurotoxic effects of mercury, specifically, immunototoxic effects. Because of this, caution is needed in evaluating the health risk of mercury, particularly if important sources of ongoing releases are not identified or adequately controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalFuel processing technology
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 1998 Conference on Air Quality: Mercury, Trace Elements, and Particulate Matter - McLean, VA, USA
Duration: Dec 1 1998Dec 4 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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