Use of human hair in bioanalytics

This study reviews papers concerning human hair utilisation as an indicator of organism exposure to pollution. In this study the results of assessment of human hair contamination with heavy metals was described. Hair samples collected from students at the Opole University as well as three siblings, children aged from 2 to 13 years old, were investigated. In hair, the concentrations of manganese, copper, zinc and lead were detected by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Human hair can be effectively used to assess the biochemical state of the organism and as a passive indicator of human body exposure to environmental pollution by heavy metals.

Authors: Czora, Marcin; Rajfur, Malgorzata; Klos, Andrzej; Waclawek, Maria ;Full Source: Chemia, Dydaktyka, Ekologia, Metrologia 2010, 15(2), 149-154 (Pol) ;