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May 9th, 2005
In a challenge to conventional wisdom, scientists have found that buckyballs dissolve in water and could have a negative impact on soil bacteria. The findings raise new questions about how the nanoparticles might behave in the environment and how they should be regulated.
Overall, the toxicological studies that have been reported in recent years are a signal that the biological response to these materials needs to be considered. "That doesn't mean that we put a halt on nanotechnology," (Joseph Hughes, Ph.D., an environmental engineer at Georgia Tech and lead author of the study) says. "Quite the opposite."
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