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There’s Something in the Water

A recent study from the University of York, UK, found traces of 29 different drug compounds within two local rivers (1). The drugs detected included antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, and treatments for diabetes and epilepsy. The levels were in themselves low, but the team are concerned about the long-term impact of the emissions. How can the potential consequences for human (and environmental) health be better understood? And what can pharma do to help? We spoke to Alistair Boxall, Professor in Environmental Science at the University of York, about his quest to find out more.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a Deputy Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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