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Unventilated Indoor Coal-Fired Stoves in Guizhou Province, China: Cellular and Genetic Damage in Villagers Exposed to Arsenic in Food and Air (2007)
A study examines the relationship between Arsenic exposure from burning of coal in unventilated indoor stoves and genetic damage in humans in Guizhou province, China.

Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is a well-known human carcinogen recognized by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Currently, most iAs studies in populations are concerned with drinking water and occupational arsenicosis. In Guizhou province, arsenicosis caused by the burning of coal in unventilated indoor stoves is an unusual type of exposure. The results showed that long-term As exposure may be associated with damage of chromosomes and DNA, gene mutations, gene deletions, and alterations of DNA synthesis and repair ability.

URL: http://www.ehponline.org/members/2007/9272/9272.pdf

health effects of burning coal in unventilated homes, long-term exposure to coal burning, genetic damage
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