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After the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the US Environmental Protection Agency asked the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to find out whether exposure to chemicals from the spill would pose health risks. But information about health effects is limited for some of the chemicals and combinations of chemicals that were identified in the oil spill. With so little information how could ATSDR figure out whether the chemicals were dangerous to humans? Answering such questions is the responsibility of ATSDR's Computational Toxicology and Methods Development Laboratory (CompTox Lab). CompTox Lab scientists used available data together with computer programs known as computational modeling tools to identify health risks from exposure to chemicals in the Gulf Oil Spill. To know the rest of the story go to: ATSDR Sharing Our Stories Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: This video can also be viewed at