In what may seem like a terrible discovery of the year, scientists have discovered microplastic particles in the placenta of several unborn children. The researchers said it is “a matter of extraordinary concern”.
Scientists in Rome found extremely small particles (12) in the placenta of the babies and their mothers’ blood, after delivery. Fortunately, the women volunteers who were involved in the study had no problems with their pregnancies.
Although the scientists are unable to ascertain the impact of the microplastic on the babies’ health, they contend that it may cause long-term health hazards on them.
Only 3 per cent of total placenta donated was sampled, suggesting that the total microplastic pieces could be much higher.
The study published in the journal Environment International says, “In this study, six human placentas, collected from consenting women with physiological pregnancies, were analysed by Raman Microspectroscopy to evaluate the presence of microplastics.”
The study further noted the particles are probably have been devoured or taken in by the mothers.
Talking to publications, Dr Antonio Ragusa, who led the study at Rome institute, said: “It’s like having a cyborg baby: it is no longer made up of just human cells but a mixture of biological and inorganic material.”
During the research, the experts used a strict plastic-free protocol to deliver the babies in order to avoid contamination of the placentas.
The doctors and other assistants such as the midwives used cotton gloves during the delivery process.