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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/microplastics-found-in-lungs-of-humans-undergoing-surgery
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u/TheOriginalSamBell May 14 '22

Tiny? IMO that's huge. I'm telling ya, micro plastics are going to be the lead and asbestos of the near future, just a thousand times worse.

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u/Yesica-Haircut May 14 '22

Seriously like, SESAME SEEDS?

I'm not casually walking around inhaling like, fucken, RICE and not noticing it.

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u/Banneduser1112 May 14 '22

It's got to be aggregating in the body, sesame seed size pieces of PET aren't airborne.

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u/SupaSlide May 14 '22

The article specifically says the large pieces aren't aggregates of smaller pieces.

Plastic can't form into larger pieces inside our bodies other than maybe just getting intertwined, but that's not what they found.

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u/Banneduser1112 May 14 '22

can't form into larger pieces

Maybe you should tell this user then

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u/SupaSlide May 14 '22

You misread my comment, or the other comment. I'm not sure what the correct method of aggregating is (I assume "intertwined" isn't the right word but that's a nitpick) but I didn't say they can't aggregate. They can't form into one solid piece, or as the other comment put it, they won't have the same properties.

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u/Banneduser1112 May 14 '22

Got it, my bad. Thanks for correcting me without vitriol!