May 3, 2017 | Khalil, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

The amount of plastic in our oceans is a massive problem. And there's loads of evidence showing that it's harmful.

But there's a big problem with one study that found young fish would eat tiny plastic microbeads instead of food, stunting their growth. Colleagues of the researchers suggested some of the results were made up. After an investigation, the scientific journal that published the study retracted it.

Incidents like this can make people doubt science and scientists, but this kind of scrutiny among researchers is one of science's greatest strengths.

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Lots of research shows that plastic particles accumulate in marine organisms and poison them.

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