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Even oysters get the blues

June 9, 2009

Poor blighters. Just like us, oysters suffer from stress, apparently.

“Oysters have a hormonal stress response remarkably similar to humans,” David Raftos, a researcher at Macquarie University, said.

Associate Professor Raftos and his team are studying which genes in Sydney rock oysters are affected by stress in a bid to understand why some oysters succumb to the mysterious QX disease, while others can fight it off.

If it’s not swine flu, it’s the mysterious QX disease. I think I know at least one person who has this malaise. It comes from working in corporate offices, and mainly affects the soul.

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