Departmental Papers (EES)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

10-2016

Publication Source

PNAS

Volume

113

Issue

43

DOI

10.1073/pnas.1613349113

Abstract

Magnetite is an iron-oxide mineral that occurs naturally on Earth. Because it is also an important component of many anthropogenic materials (e.g., coal fly ash) and synthetic products (e.g., black toner powders), magnetite can be released to the environment through human activities (1). In PNAS,Maher et al. (2) describe the abundant presence in the human brain of magnetite nanoparticles, some of which they attribute to air pollution. This finding could have major implications.

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Date Posted: 25 April 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.