Many plastics are in our oceans due to pollution, including ocean dumping and land runoff. Sunlight and alkaline ocean water break these plastics down into small particles, many are nanoscale in size. These nanoparticles can easily enter our cells. Students examine if and how these particles cross membranes into cells.
Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology NNIN RET Program.
This lesson was developed with support of the National Science Foundation, NNIN and the NNIN RET Program.
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