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November 15th, 2005

Brown University Scientists Testing Toxicity of Nanomaterials

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Nanomaterials can be found in everything from cosmetics to concrete to car bumpers. But are these atomic-scale tubes, fibers, spheres, crystals and films safe? A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Brown University is testing nanomaterial toxicity with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Through a new four-year, $1.8-million National Science Foundation grant, Brown University scientists are testing a variety of nanomaterials to see how they interact with human and animal cells. The aim: Find out which sizes, shapes, compounds and coatings damage or kill cells. That information can be used to manufacture non-toxic types.

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