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New Genetic Test Can Detect Clam Disease

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October 21, 2005
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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A sensitive new genetic test can now detect a crippling disease called QPX occurring in clam beds from Cape Cod south to Virginia and north to Canada. Although it does not affect humans and it is not as well known as red tide, the disease can have a significant impact on a local economy by killing clams and devastating shellfish harvests and commercial aquaculture operations.

Becky Gast (left) shows Roxanna Smolowitz a local clam. QPX does not infect humans but can kill clams.
Credit: Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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