What do chemical pollutants do to our bodies? It’s a timely question considering that last week, people in Philadelphia cleaned their grocery shelves of bottled water after a toxic leak from a chemical plant spilled into a tributary of the Delaware River, a source of drinking water for 14 million people. And it was just last month that a train carrying a number of other hazardous materials derailed east of Palestine, Ohio, releasing an unknown amount of toxic chemicals.
There is no doubt that we are polluting the planet. To find out how these pollutants may be affecting our own bodies, we need to find out how we are exposed to them. What chemicals are we inhaling, eating and digesting? And how much? The field of exposomics, which aims to study our exposure to pollutants, among other factors, could help give us some much-needed answers. Read the whole story.
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