Researchers still looking for links to metastatic cancer in sea lions

03/5/2010 | NYTimes.com

After years of study, researchers still have not identified the source of the metastatic cancer that killed several sea lions rescued in California in 1996. "It's such an aggressive cancer, and it's so unusual to see such a high prevalence of cancer in a wild population," said Dr. Frances Gulland, the director of veterinary science at the Sausalito, Calif.-based Marine Mammal Center. "That suggests that there's some carcinogen in the ocean that could be affecting these animals."

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