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In certain waters, a flatfish known as the common dab develops liver tumors at an uncommonly high rate — so much so that the UK Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Program uses liver pathology of wild-caught dab as an indicator of the effects of contaminants on the marine environment. At some sites, the prevalence of hepatocellular adenomas and other pre-neoplastic toxicopathic lesions in the fish exceeds 20 percent, according to recent monitoring reports.

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