Biomarkers for good measure: Assessing aquatic ecosystem status, with Sharon Hook
from Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Biomarkers — biological endpoints long used in medical screening and disease detection — are finding new relevance in the environmental science community. Although toxicologists have been using biomarkers in certain aquatic contaminant assessments, e.g., water quality, these endpoints hold great value for ecological risk assessments and integrated monitoring. Further incorporation of biomarkers could, for example, reduce the need for complex lab exposure studies, signal early contaminant exposure in the wild, and bolster weight-of-evidence assessments as a line of evidence. Sharon Hook talks about advantages and caveats for using biomarkers in environmental assessments.
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