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Home > Press > Hazard Assessment of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes using Balb/3T3 cells to assess the potential carcinogenic potential

In vitro methods facilities in the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection. Copyright EU 2011.
In vitro methods facilities in the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection.

Copyright EU 2011.

Abstract:
In collaboration with scientists from the Italian Institute for Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) JRC scientists investigated the carcinogenic potential of pure and chemically functionalised multiwall carbon nanotubes using the Balb/3T3 cells. Results showed no cytotoxicity nor genotoxicity , but some morphological transformation through cell intraction of nanomaterials could be observed pointing towards a carcinogenic potential. The scientists recommend the integration of various tests, also based on physicochemical characterization of the nanomaterials to clearly evaluate the potential toxicity of nanomaterials.

Hazard Assessment of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes using Balb/3T3 cells to assess the potential carcinogenic potential

Brussels, Belgium | Posted on March 12th, 2012



The video, issued in October 2011, illustrates JRC activities in support to safety assessment of nanomaterials in consumer products.

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