Biomass Burning Releases Pollutants That Cause DNA Damage

The burning of biomass in the Amazon releases particulate matter air pollution that causes oxidative stress as well as severe DNA damage in human lung cells — primarily through the actions of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) known as retene — according to a new study published in the journal …

Traffic Air Pollution Directly Damages DNA In Children, Research Finds

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is seemingly a direct cause of the type of DNA damage that is known as telomere shortening, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. Notably, young people with asthma also show evidence of telomere shortening, according to the researchers, …