Nano-technology and nano-toxicology

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Maynard, Robert L. (2012)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: Emerging Health Threats Journal, volume 5 (issn: 2001-1350, eissn: 1752-8550)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3365440, doi: 10.3402/ehtj.v5i0.17508
  • Subject: nano-toxicology | nano-particle(s) | Original Research Article | nano-technology | empowerment; evaluation; Policy Empowerment Index; South Africa; traditional medicine

Rapid developments in nano-technology are likely to confer significant benefits on mankind. But, as with perhaps all new technologies, these benefits are likely to be accompanied by risks, perhaps by new risks. Nano-toxicology is developing in parallel with nano-technology and seeks to define the hazards and risks associated with nano-materials: only when risks have been identified they can be controlled. This article discusses the reasons for concern about the potential effects on health of exposure to nano-materials and relates these to the evidence of the effects on health of the ambient aerosol. A number of hypotheses are proposed and the dangers of adopting unsubstantiated hypotheses are stressed. Nano-toxicology presents many challenges and will need substantial financial support if it is to develop at a rate sufficient to cope with developments in nano-technology.Keywords: nano-technology; nano-toxicology; nano-particle(s)(Published: 29 May 2012)Citation: Emerg Health Threats J 2012, 5: 17508 -
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