Molecule of the Week

Domoic Acid

July 13, 2009

Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by marine algae. A recent study found that domoic acid can spread farther and is more persistent than previously thought. The effects of domoic acid have repercussions up the food chain; shellfish poisoning can result in die-offs of mammals such as sea lions and whales. It can also cause digestion and memory problems in humans who consume large amounts of seafood.