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Human bone as a biological material for environmental monitoring

The effect of age and gender on major, minor and trace element contents in the intact rib-bone of 84 apparently healthy 15?58 year-old citizens (38 females and 46 males) of a non-industrial region in the Central European part of Russia was investigated by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES). The summary of statistics, arithmetic mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean, minimum and maximum values, median, percentiles with 0.025 and 0.975 levels for mass fraction of 44 chemical elements (Ag, Al, As, Au, B, Ba, Br, Ca, Cd, Ce, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Eu, Fe, Gd, Hf, Hg, K, La, Li, Lu, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, P, Rb, S, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Th, U, V, Yb, Zn and Zr) were determined for rib-bone of females, of males and of both females and males taken together.

Keywords: chemical elements, human rib bones, human ribs, age involution, gender related differences, INAA, instrumental neutron activation analysis, ICP-AES, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry, environmental monitoring, biomonitoring, trace elements, Russia, male bones, female bones, environmental pollution, air pollution, air quality

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