PerspectiveToxicology

Microplastics and human health

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Science  12 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6530, pp. 672-674
DOI: 10.1126/science.abe5041

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Summary

The ubiquity of microplastics (plastic particles <5 mm, including nanosized plastics <1 µm) in the global biosphere raises increasing concerns about their implications for human health (13). Recent evidence indicates that humans constantly inhale and ingest microplastics; however, whether these contaminants pose a substantial risk to human health is far from understood. The lack of crucial data on exposure and hazard represents key knowledge gaps t hat need to be addressed to move forward.

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