Port Blair, June 23: For some time now, reports have been coming from around the world that microplastics have been found in human hearts, and sometimes the presence of plastic has been recorded in human liver. In another shocking discovery, scientists have found microplastics in the human penises for the first time, suddenly raising concerns about the spread of these microscopic particles and their serious adverse effects on health.

This new case has come to light about a month after the recently published study by researchers at the University of New Mexico found micro-plastics in human testicles. Which has created a stir among scientists around the world.

The study published in “Your Sexual Medicine Journal” on Wednesday, June 19, said that seven different types of microplastics have been found in the penile tissues of six men who underwent surgery to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

The research done many years ago by the world renowned scientist Padmashri Dr. Ajay Kumar Sonkar on microplastics and the warning given about its harmful effects are being scientifically confirmed by the events taking place around the world.

Scientists from the University of Miami, the University of Colorado and Helmholtz-Zentrum Hieron, a research institute in Germany, have found that of the seven different types of micro-plastics found, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (47.8 percent) and polypropylene (PP) (34.7 percent) were the most abundant. Penile tissue samples collected from six individuals were analyzed using a technique called laser direct infrared microspectroscopy, which detects not only the presence of microplastics, but also the size and quantity. According to the study, microplastics were found in 80 percent of the samples, ranging in size from 20 to 500 micrometers.

The research done many years ago by world-renowned scientist Padmashree Dr. Ajai Kumar Sonkar on micro-plastics and the warning about its ill-effects are being scientifically confirmed by the events taking place around the world. Dr Ajai, who was engaged in his scientific research work in the remote seas of Andaman, started research on cellular biology by setting up a modern laboratory of tissue culture in Prayagraj during the 2019 Corona epidemic. During his experiments, one day suddenly some unknown particles of micron sizes appeared in the mental tissue brought from the marine oysters of Andaman, whose shape was unnatural geometric. In-depth study revealed that these were micro particles of plastics. Dr Ajai told that this incident made him deeply worried because anything can reach the tissue only through blood. And in the blood through food. The main food of the oysters are algae, which is the first step of the food chain.

Now the question was whether micro plastic has entered our food chain? In the process of intensive investigation, I collected samples from all the water sources including sea, river, pond, borewell and examined them, the results were shocking. Micro particles of plastic were present in every single water sample.

Since then, Dr Ajai has been continuously sharing his research with the outgoing President of India and various international scientific journals. In which he explained how micro-plastics are reaching other organisms and plants including humans. These plastic particles have reached the air we breathe, the water we drink and our food plate. These particles are so fine that they reach the clouds through evaporation and through rain they have reached every pore of the earth including the faraway glaciers, forests, mountains everywhere.

On being found in the heart, liver, kidneys of humans and now in the reproductive organs of young men, Dr Ajai said that there is blood flow in every part of our body. And since this plastic has reached our blood through our food, it is not surprising that it is found in all the organs.

He said that today the water tanks and pipes installed on our roof are made of plastic which, due to continuous exposure to sunlight, cause micro plastic particles migration in the water. Every food and beverage in our kitchen is in plastic packaging. We are surrounded by plastic. The plastic which we throw out of our house for garbage disposal, comes back to our air, water, and food plates and has entered our blood. It is reaching the bone marrow and affecting the biological process of stem cells formations. It has disrupted the activities of the endocrine system of all living beings including humans. Due to which we are yet to face new and unimaginable diseases. Destruction is very close to us, there is an urgent need to take steps to completely eliminate plastic from the earth.