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November 17th, 2009
Smaller than a virus and used in more than 200 consumer products, silver nanoparticles can kill and mutate fish embryos, new research shows.
Tiny particles of silver - potent anti-microbial agents that can kill bacteria on contact - are becoming increasingly popular in consumer goods, including washing machines, refrigerators, clothing and toys.
But as use of these microscopic silver particles grows, some scientists now are raising concerns about potential effects on the environment and human health.
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