Safety Concerns Over Tungsten Accumulation in Bone


New research shows how and where tungsten, which has been associated with childhood lymphocytic leukemia, accumulates in the bones of mice exposed to the element through drinking water. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy showed that tungsten accumulated in bone tissue, with some sites having ~10-fold greater intensities than background levels. The findings raise doubts over the once-universal assumption that tungsten poses little or no health risk to the general human population.


VanderSchee, C.R., Kuter, D., Bolt, A.M. et al. “Accumulation of persistent tungsten in bone as in situ generated polytungstate.” Commun Chem 1, 8 (2018). [DOI: 10.1038/s42004-017-0007-6]