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We examined the distribution of copper, zinc, selenium, arsenic, cadmium and mercury (total and methyl mercury) in samples of muscle, liver, kidney and blubber from pilot whales (Globicephalus meleanus) caught off the Faroe Islands in 1977 and 1978. The very high total mercury level in the mature pilot whale exhibited differences among tissues and was(More)
The long-term intakes of total mercury, methyl mercury and cadmium from eating pilot whale (Globicephalus meleanus) in the Faroe Islands have been estimated. The long-term intakes of both total and methyl mercury far exceed the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intakes (PTWI) recommended by WHO. For the general population The PTWI's are 300 and 200 micrograms(More)
Flameless as well as flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry were used for the analysis of six elements (calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, cadmium and mercury) in human organs (liver, kidney cortex and medulla, heart, pancreas and spleen) from 13 bodies from Bergen and 10 from the Faroe Islands. Samples were taken at autopsy and the organs selected were(More)
Four groups of rats of a normal selenium status were given different selenium compounds during a long-term feeding experiment (28 days). The selenium supplementations (per kg diet) were sodium selenite (1 mg), selenocystine (2 mg), and two different concentration levels of selenium from fish (0.1 and 1 mg). Differential pelleting of liver homogenates(More)
Rats of a normal selenium status were fed diets based on fish (rainbow trout) as the main protein source. A 4-week experiment with three dietary groups (low fish selenium, high fish selenium and selenite supplementation) was performed, and the selenium absorption, excretion and retention were recorded. Samples of blood serum, liver, kidneys, testes, hairs,(More)
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