Nanotube-cancer concern

  May 26/June 2, 2008
Add a new potential risk to the list of health concerns about carbon nanotubes: asbestos-induced cancers.

A study shows that long carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavities of mice result in inflammation and lesions. The symptoms are the same as those typically caused by exposure to long asbestos fibers, and they raise questions about whether nanotubes could cause asbestos-related cancers and whether inhaling nanotubes poses a similar risk as inhaling asbestos fibers.

Research paper:
Carbon Nanotubes Introduced into the Abdominal Cavity of Mice Show Asbestos-like Pathogenicity in a Pilot Study
Nature Nanotechnology, published online May 20, 2008

Researcher's homepage:
Edinburgh Lung and the Environment Group Initiative Colt Laboratory

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Dirty nanotech (nanotech and the environment)

Further info:
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