This proof-of-principle study was conducted at the Institute and Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, LMU University Hospital Munich. The study was carried out in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Declaration of Helsinki for experiments involving human subjects and reviewed and approved by the ethics committee of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (20–091). Participants had to be at least 18 years old and no individual restrictions for venous and capillary blood sampling. In total, 53 participants were randomly recruited at the Institute and Clinic of Occupational, Social and Environmental medicine at the LMU University Hospital Munich in June and July 2020. Prior to the sampling, each participant was informed about the study and signed an informed consent form. Each participant was asked to fill out a questionnaire about potential Hg exposure (e.g., fish consumption and dental amalgam).

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