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First approximation to congenital malformation rates in embryos and hatchlings of sea turtles.
Olive ridleys seem more prone to the occurrence of congenital malformations than the other two species, and whether the observed malformation levels are normal or represent a health problem cannot be currently ascertained without long-term assessments. Expand
Schistosomus Reflexus Syndrome in Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)
The olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), considered the most abundant sea turtle species, is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and identification of the cause of the defects may be of significance to the population and to efforts to manage this and other populations at risk. Expand
Methylation status of the putative Pax6 promoter in olive ridley sea turtle embryos with eye defects: An initial approach
Results suggest that embryos with ocular malformations present unique DNA methylation patterns in the putative promoter of the Pax6 gene in L. olivacea, and probably those subtle, random changes in the methylation status can cause (at least in part) the aberrant phenotypes observed in these embryos. Expand
Mercury Concentration, DNA Methylation, and Mitochondrial DNA Damage in Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Embryos With Schistosomus Reflexus Syndrome
An initial attempt to understand the association of environmental toxins and epigenetic alterations (DNA methylation) in the etiology of SR in sea turtles uncovered a positive correlation between mercury concentrations and DNA methylation in SR embryos. Expand