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February 4th, 2010

Toxicology of the Tiny

Abstract:
Already incorporated into consumer products ranging from baseball bats and clothing to sunscreens and toothpaste, engineered nanoparticles — ENPs — hold great promise in such areas as energy, pollution remediation, medicine and materials science. The nanotechnology industry is projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2015.

As the number of new nanoparticles rapidly increases, they likely will be released in greater number and diversity into the environment — when the particles are fabricated, during the manufacture of nano-enabled products, throughout the useful life of those products, and at end of life as they find their way into landfills, incinerators and, potentially, soil, water and air.

"The environment is not just a destination for nanoparticles; it transforms them," says microbiologist Patricia Holden. "Pollutants move and change, with possible direct effects on the quality of water, food and air. These environmental concerns are human concerns."

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