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February 28th, 2006

Donít Judge A Quantum Dot By Its Cover

Though quantum dots show tremendous potential in a variety of basic cancer research and clinical oncology applications, some experiments have raised the possibility that these luminescent, semiconductor nanoparticles may be too toxic for human use. Now, a review by Ron Hardman, Ph.D., of Duke University, of published toxicology studies argues that there are as yet no ways to predict which quantum dots will be toxic and which will be safe, making it necessary to test each type of quantum dot for toxicity before reaching any conclusions about their clinical utility.


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