Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for Its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips
AbstractAir quality depends on the various gases and particles present in it. Both natural phenomena and human activities affect the cleanliness of air. In the last decade, many countries experienced an unprecedented industrial growth, resulting in changing air quality values, and correspondingly, affecting our life quality. Air quality can be accessed by employing microchips that qualitatively and quantitatively determine the present gases and dust particles. The so-called particular matter 2.5 (PM2.5) values are of high importance, as such small particles can penetrate the human lung barrier and enter the blood system. There are cancer cases related to many air pollutants, and especially to PM2.5, contributing to exploding costs within the healthcare system. We focus on various current and potential future air pollutants, and propose solutions on how to protect our health against such dangerous substances. Recent developments in the Organ-on-Chip (OoC) technology can be used to study air pollution as well. OoC allows determination of pollutant toxicity and speeds up the development of novel pharmaceutical drugs. View Full-Text
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Schulze, F.; Gao, X.; Virzonis, D.; Damiati, S.; Schneider, M.R.; Kodzius, R. Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for Its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips. Genes 2017, 8, 244.
Schulze F, Gao X, Virzonis D, Damiati S, Schneider MR, Kodzius R. Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for Its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips. Genes. 2017; 8(10):244.Chicago/Turabian Style
Schulze, Frank; Gao, Xinghua; Virzonis, Darius; Damiati, Samar; Schneider, Marlon R.; Kodzius, Rimantas. 2017. "Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for Its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips." Genes 8, no. 10: 244.
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