Researchers from the University of Burgos in Spain have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury when it is present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna.
The polymer may eventually be used to shine light – literally – on mercury contaminated fish before it is eaten by the public.
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Read more about the University of Burgos Study at: https://phys.org/news/2017-02-fluorescence-method-mercury-contamination-fish.html#jCp