Microplastics found in placentas of pregnant women for first time—‘Matter of great concern’

Scientists have described the discovery of microplastics in the placentas of new mothers as “a matter of great concern”, after new research identified a range of synthetic substances from relatively small tissue samples.

The women who took part in the study in Italy had no complications with the births of their children, and the effect of the tiny plastic particles is unknown, however, experts have suggested plastics could provide a means for harmful chemicals to damage a developing foetus’s immune system.

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The researchers from Rome’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, which specialises in pediatrics, and the Politecnica delle Marche University said: “With the presence of plastic in the body, the immune system that self-recognises is disturbed, even what is not organic.


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