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Dying Lobsters -- Science Nation

Dying Lobsters

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster has been a mainstay of Florida's seafood industry, but about a decade ago, the harvest declined some 30 percent and has never rebounded. Biologists think the cause is a virus called PaV1, which targets juveniles by attacking their blood cells and tissues. The lobsters gradually become listless, stop moving and eventually die of starvation. University of Florida ecologist Don Behringer wants to know how this pathogen has spread so far, so fast.

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