Today, methylmercury is recognised as a potent neurotoxin, but not much is known about it. A new study is helping change that.
We know that methylmercury is generated by microbes from mercury, and accumulates in animals along the food chain, including us. Unlike the inorganic mercury released as pollution from mines and factories, it can pass the blood-brain barrier into the central nervous system and cross the placenta to reach a developing fetus.”
For the complete story; https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28315-bacterial-genes-that-turn-mercury-lethal-mapped-across-world/