The total level of mercury in hair is often used as a biomarker for dietary methylmercury exposure for individuals. However, if a person could be exposed to both methylmercury and inorganic mercury, such as those living near artisinal gold mining areas, what does this hair biomarker tell us?
This week, Faye presents her work to address this question at the NIEHS Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting in Seattle. Her research compares trends in methylmercury and inorganic mercury levels in hair from residents living in Madre de Dios, a region in the Peruvian Amazon that hosts algamation-based gold production activities. Great job Faye!