New research details toxicity mechanisms of the lanthanides

The elements of lanthanide series, which are rare earth heavy metals, are increasingly utilized in a range of industries, including consumer electronics, emerging energy technologies, and medicine. While elements such as gadolinium and lanthanum are routinely administered to patients in pharmaceutical products, little is known about their toxicological profile. As human exposure to these elements through both intentional and accidental means continues to rise, studies such as this are essential to understanding, preventing, and treating the negative health outcomes associated with these toxic heavy metals.

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Original article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences here.