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The lab uses new technology, including the ELISA and receptor binding assay (RBA), to test for the presence of toxins in shellfish, without resorting to live mice. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)

Sitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSP

By | Alaska Native Government & Policy, Business, Climate Change, Environment, Featured News, Fisheries, Food, Science & Tech, Southeast, Subsistence | No Comments
With warming ocean temperatures, the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning can linger all year-round, and Alaska has only one Food and Drug Administration certified laboratory to test shellfish. There are no labs to protect those digging for their dinner, but that may soon change.
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Technologies used to preserve permafrost under roads around Fairbanks may within a few decades be better-suited for areas farther north, such as the 414-mile Dalton Highway, which stretches off to the south in this photo taken near its northern terminus at Deadhorse. (KUAC file photo)

Permafrost-preserving technology may work better farther north as climate warms

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Some 200 big rigs travel the Dalton Highway on an average day to bring supplies to the giant Prudhoe Bay oilfield complex. All that trucking requires regular repair work along the 414-mile mostly gravel road – an ongoing and costly challenge that could become even more if road-building technologies developed to protect permafrost under roadways no longer work.
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