UF Researchers Shine Light on Dearth of Research on How Anti-Cancer Drugs Impact Aquatic Ecosystems (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Researchers Shine Light on Dearth of Research on How Anti-Cancer Drugs Impact Aquatic Ecosystems

A group of graduate students working on a class project at the University of Florida developed a critical review of what’s known — and unknown — about the effects of certain cancer drugs on aquatic ecosystems. Their conclusion: Studies are lacking that characterize these impacts, and more research is needed to inform future regulations.           

“Many human pharmaceuticals enter aquatic environments through excretion and wastewater treatment facilities, and these drugs can negatively impact aquatic organisms,” said Chris Martyniuk, Ph.D., an associate professor of toxicology in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of physiological sciences. He led the project and served as the corresponding author on the group’s paper, which appeared in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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