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November 2nd, 2005

Carbon nanoparticles boost blood clotting

Abstract:
Researchers from the University of Texas and Ohio University in the US and Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Poland have found that some carbon nanoparticles can promote blood clotting. Single-walled and multiwalled nanotubes, mixed carbon nanoparticles and standard urban particulate matter all increased blood platelet aggregation, while fullerene molecules had no effect.

"This research is not a case against nanotechnology," said Radomski. "It's difficult to overestimate the importance of this amazing technology's ability to transform medicine. But it's good to assess the risk of a new technology in advance. This is a case for moving ahead in a cautious and informed way."

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