Latest Nanotoxicology Stories
With the curtain about to rise on a much-anticipated new era of "nanoagriculture" — using nanotechnology to boost the productivity of plants for food, fuel, and other uses — scientists are describing huge gaps in knowledge about the effects of nanoparticles on corn, tomatoes, rice and other food crops.
In light of the increasing demand for artificial nanoparticles in medicine and industry, it is important for manufacturers to understand just how these particles influence bodily functions and which mechanisms are at play â€“ questions to which there has been a dearth of knowledge.
Nanobodies produced by camels have unique properties, which can be used in future drug development.
Tiny fibres used to strengthen items such as bike frames and hockey sticks could pose risks to workers who make them.
Depending on whom you ask, nanoparticles are, potentially, either one of the most promising or the most perilous creations of science.
Researchers are able to produce medicine encapsulated in nanoparticles the size of viruses, but new research has shown another great challenge in nanomedicine â€“ the immune system â€“ and the importance of the coating polymers on the nanoparticle surface.
Tiny particles used in a range of everyday products from computers to shampoo can adversely affect the lungs in very different ways, a study has shown.
Using particles that are 1/100,000 the width of a human hair to deliver drugs to cells or assist plants in fighting off pests may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but these scenarios may be a common occurrence in the near future.
Nanotechnology is about to emerge in the world of pesticides and pest control, and a range of new approaches are needed to understand the implications for public health, ensure that this is done safely, maximize the potential benefits and prevent possible risks.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method for predicting the ways nanoparticles will interact with biological systems â€“ including the human body.
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