Spanish oil spill workers suffered chromosome damage: study, Agence France Presse, August 24, 2010:
Spanish fishermen who took part in a clean-up operation after the Prestige oil tanker spill in 2002 have shown symptoms of chromosomal damage and respiratory problems, [according to] a study released Tuesday [and] published in the American review Annals of Internal Medicine. ...
"[T]hose who participated in the clean-up had a higher prevalence of respiratory symptoms, higher levels of markers suggestive of airway injury in exhaled breath condensate, and chromosomal alterations in lymphocytes compared with those who did not participate in clean-up activities."
It said "chromosomal damage in circulating lymphocytes is an early marker of genotoxicity associated with increased risk for cancer."
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