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  • These were mysid shrimp, which were often used in tests to see whether polluted water was harming marine life. For years, Ciba-Geigy had refused to conduct those mysid tests, preferring instead to test its effluent on a much hardier animal, the sheepshead minnow. (The company's critics would later call the minnow the "cockroach of the sea" for its ability to survive even in highly toxic environments.
    Dan Fagin, Tomes River: A Story of Science and Salvation (New York: Bantam Books, 2014), p. 154.

    February 7, 2016