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Web Date: October 26, 2011

Hair Reveals Source Of People’s Exposure To Mercury

Toxic Exposure: Mercury isotopes in human hair illuminate dietary and industrial sources
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE

Determining the source of a person’s exposure to mercury could become simpler thanks to the development of isotopic measurements of the metal in human hair (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es202353m).

Mercury is a major global health problem: Ingesting the toxic metal can cause neurological problems, kidney disease, and cancers. It enters the human body when people eat polluted fish, or when people breathe in gases from industrial processes including small-scale gold mining in . . .

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