Feb 09, 2018

Research Reveals GenX Reduces Oyster Filtration

Preliminary research on the emerging contaminant aims to better understand the impact of GenX

GenX investigation

University of North Carolina Wilmington researchers have exposed oysters to water tainted with emerging contaminant GenX in an attempt to better understand how the unregulated contaminant affects aquatic life. The group of 15 researchers found that at high concentration of GenX juvenile oysters did not filter water as effectively.

“Oysters are the perfect example of a creature that runs through and filters about 70 gal of water a day. So if they’re filtering all that water… if there’s GenX in the water, you would think that some of that might go into their tissue” said UNCW Associate Provost for Research Ron Vetter in an interview with WECT.

While the study is still in the early stages, the researchers plan to continue their work by studying wild oysters for GenX buildup in an attempt to understand the effects of the chemical long-term.

Little is known about the emerging contaminant that replaced perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and is commonly found in products such as non-stick cookware, laptops and cell phones. Scant research has been done on the contaminants health effects and risk level as of yet. The researchers ultimately hope to understand health effects and uncover methods to filter the contaminant.