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Lab ImageJorge Herkovits

Institute of Environmental Sciences & Health, Fundacion PROSAMA
Paysandu 752
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1405


Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Other, stage dependent susceptibility to noxious agents, oxygen consumption, oxydative stress, tissue residue of chemicals
Research Description: The EVO-TOX studies conducted in our laboratory are based in two complementary concepts: i) that toxicity could result in extinction (Paleoecotoxicology, Herkovits, 2001, Environmental Health Perspectives) or ii) adaptation with the record of those evolutionary events during ontogenic stages of living organisms (Evoecotoxicology, Herkovits, 2006, Environmental Health Perspectives. The Evoecotox ¨theory¨ is also a new datation method, e.g. I was able to anticipate that multicellular organisms fluorished over 2.000 million years ago and, in 2010 multicellular fossils of over 2.000 million years old were published in Nature (July 1). In sevral contributions we provided evidence that ontogenic stages could be considered biomarkers of environmental signatures during the evolutionary process. We are very interested to develop collaborative multidisciplinary studies, participate in research proposals as well as to invite colleagues to get involved in research proposal developed from our lab. Key words: evolution, toxicity, biomarker, mass extinction, ecotoxicology, paleoecotoxicology, evoecotoxicology, evo-tox, adaptation, oxygen, metabolism, metals, mitochondria, genetic, epigenetic
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