Air pollution may cause DNA damage in children: Study
Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2017
Source: The Times of
India, Los Angeles, May, 2017 :- Children and teenagers
exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution may be at an increased
risk of a specific DNA damage called telomere shortening, a new study warns.
Young people with asthma also have evidence of telomere shortening, a type of
DNA damage typically associated with ageing, researchers said. "Our
results suggest that telomere length may have potential for use as a biomarker
of DNA damage due to environmental exposures and/or chronic inflammation,"
said John R Balmes of University of California, Berkeley in the US.