Tumor-free flounder are just 1 dividend from the cleanup of Boston Harbor

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Thirty years ago, during the 1988 presidential campaign, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush took a boat ride across Boston Harbor and derided the environmental record of his rival, Massachusetts…

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Bush was right. For decades Boston had been dumping barely treated sewage into the harbor, although a court-ordered cleanup was just starting.

Since 1986 colleagues and I have studied tumors in Boston Harbor flounder, which were a major driver of public outcry over the state of the harbor.

Flounder are tasty and easy to catch, and have long been a popular commercial and recreational species in…

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