By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Technology are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The analysis of nanoparticle (NP) hazard is currently a major research pre-occupation for particle toxicologists since there is a pressing requirement for a comprehensive understanding of nanoparticle hazard because of the wide spectrum of NP varying in composition, shape and size that require testing for risk assessment. The Biologically Effective Doses (BEDs) of nanoparticles, the dose entity that drives toxicity include charge, solubility, contaminants, shape and the ability to translocate from the site of deposition in the lungs."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Occupational, "We point out here that all of these modes of toxicity are relevant and described for conventional pathogenic particles. There is no evidence that particles below 100 nm, the threshold definition of a NP, show any step-change in their hazard meaning that there is no evidence of novel 'nano-specific hazard'. Therefore conventional particle toxicology data are useful and relevant to the determination of the nanoparticle hazard. Emphasis away from 'nano-specific effects' and the availability of hazard data from conventional particles will focus limited resource towards a full understanding of the NP hazard."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This will lead to improved ability to identify and test for their effects and measure their toxicokinetics and so contribute to their risk assessment."
For more information on this research see: Nanotoxicity: challenging the myth of nano-specific toxicity. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2013;24(4):724-734. Current Opinion in Biotechnology can be contacted at: Current Biology Ltd, 84 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8RR, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Current Opinion in Biotechnology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/601293)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Donaldson, Inst Occupat Med, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, Midlothian, United Kingdom (see also Technology).
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