Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

On the effects of some carcinogenic hydrocarbons on the growth of sporelings of marine red algae

A. D. Boneya1 and E. D. S. Cornera2

a1 Department of Chemistry and Biology, Plymouth College of Technology

a2 The Plymouth Laboratory


Low concentrations of various carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons cause a considerable increase in cell production when applied to sporelings of certain marine red algae.

Whereas low concentrations of carcinogenic derivatives of benzanthracene stimulate cell production, similar concentrations of structurally related non-carcinogens inhibit it.

The applicability of the method as a rapid screening test for carcinogens is discussed.