Nanotechnology has revolutionized multiple industries in its broad application
across medical, industrial, consumer and technological sectors. However,
certain types of nanotechnology, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), have
been shown to closely resemble asbestos-fibers both in structure and durability
and thus pose potential health risks.
In a study conducted among three international research organizations,
scientists conclude that indeed, CNTs mimic asbestos fibers when inhaled
and can lead to irritation and future tumor formation. According to the
study, “Toxicologic studies in rodents demonstrated that some types
of carbon nanotubes can induce mesothelioma.” Despite their benefits,
efforts must be made to minimize exposure to CNTs.
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