Carbon nanotubes, the poster child of the burgeoning nanotechnology industry, could trigger diseases similar to those caused by asbestos, a study suggests.TOO BAD: GLENN REYNOLDS NOW MUST FIND ANOTHER PANACEA...
Specific lengths of the tiny fibres were found to cause "asbestos-like" inflammation and lesions in mice.
Use of asbestos trigged a pandemic of lung disease in the 20th Century.
There are high hopes for the tiny carbon molecules, which have remarkable properties that could be used for advanced electronics and materials.
"As a society, we cannot afford not to exploit this incredible material but neither can we afford to get it wrong - as we did with asbestos," said Dr Andrew Maynard of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, US.
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