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Scientists at the England Hull York Medical School have reported finding microplastics, the world’s highest environmental pollutants, in the lungs of living people. They found 12 different microplastics, mainly polyethylene fibers, in the lower part of the lungs of their test subjects.
The researchers are unsure how harmful the pollutants could be to humans but warn of potential health risks. On March 24, another group of scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, reported finding microplastics in human blood.