Notes on Mycoplasma-Like Organisms in Skin Tumors of Dover Sole, Microstomus pacificus, Taken Near Sewage Outfalls
Chamberlain, Dilworth W. ,
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Electron microscopical observations of skin tumors of Dover Sole, Microstomus pacificus, taken near sewage outfalls at Santa Monica Bay, Newport Beach, and Port Hueneme, California reveal mycoplasma-like organisms in all tumors (nine) of the five specimens. Since a mycoplasma, Acholeplasma laidlawii, has been isolated from sewage, the presence of mycoplasma-like organisms (if indeed they are mycoplasmas) in the skin tumors of M. pacificus suggests that sewer effluent may be a possible source.