News on fish behaviour gets major international coverage

[2013-02-18] In an article in the journal Science released on 14 February, researchers at Umeå University described how anti-anxiety drugs that reach waterways via wastewater alters the behaviour of fish. The news is now spreading among prominent international media sources.

The authors of the acclaimed article are Thomas Brodin, Jonathan Klaminder and Micael Jonsson at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, and Jerker Fick at the Department of Chemistry, Interest in the study has been immense, which among other things led to that they were invited to hold a press conference at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  Annual Meeting in Boston on 14 February.
Watch the press conference

The media coverage has been most widespread in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, South Korea and India, in addition to Sweden.

A selection of some articles are presented below: 

New York Times: Traces of Anxiety Drug May Affect Behavior in FishTime: Tipsy Fish: When Anti-Anxiety Meds Get Into RiversBBC: Drug residues 'alter fish behaviour'The Guardian: Anxiety drug found in rivers changes fish behaviourDer Spiegel: Psychopharmaka im Flusswasser: Forsche BarscheDie Ziet: Medikamente in Gewässern: Psychopharmaka machen Fische mutigerGlobe and Mail: Anti-anxiety drug in water makes fish more aggressiveNature: Anti-anxiety drug found in rivers makes fish more aggressiveSydney Morning Herald: Drug passed on to fish boosts their confidence

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Read the article in ScienceRead the press release from Umeå UniversityRead the in-depth web article at Umeå University

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