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Default Sea Turtle Herpes Tumors Linked to Sewage?

Sea Turtle Herpes Tumors Linked to Sewage?
Rebecca Kessler
for National Geographic News
November 9, 2010

Sea Turtle Herpes Tumors Linked to Sewage?
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Tumors that have plagued green sea turtles worldwide for decades may be caused by pollution, a new study says.

Nitrogen-rich runoff from sewers and farms is fueling a rise in invasive seaweed that, when consumed by the reptiles, may trigger an otherwise dormant herpes virus. This virus in turn causes the often fatal growths.

The cauliflower-like tumors—which can sprout on a turtle's eyes, mouth, joints, and internal organs—have contributed to...
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