New probe into nano no-no's
The Centre for Enviroment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in Lowestoft has launched a nanotoxicology research portfolio to reinforce its position as an expert adviser to world governments on the potential risks of this burgeoning and controversial technology.The programme is a response to increased governmental efforts to install regulatory controls that can avoid human health or environmental impacts. Current regulatory legislations do not cover these novel materials.
Nanomaterials have the potential to impact a wide variety of species in the aquatic and terrestrial environment both as a result of the proposed range of applications and their highly reactive nature. They can penetrate through cellular barriers and are more toxic than larger particles.
The research project is expected to result in new knowledge, methods and capabilities to assess environmental impacts of nanomaterials and the development of in-house risk assessment expertise to tackle nanotech issues.
It will inform government thinking on controls to address potential risks.