Centers for Oceans and Human Health: contributions to an emerging discipline. Introduction
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The oceans are the dominant feature of the planet and are fundamentally linked to human history and to human health. Concerns about the impact of the oceans on human health can be traced to ancient times. Jewish law prohibited the consumption of shellfish, probably reflecting the fact that filter-feeding bivalves can accumulate pathogens and toxins. [...]
The support of the National Science Foundation (US) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (US) is gratefully acknowledged: Grant numbers NSF OCE04-32479 and NIEHS P50 ES012740 (EAL), NSF OCE-0432368 and NIEHS P50 ES12736 (LEB), and NIEHS P50 ES012742 and NSF OCE-043072 (JJS).
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