Biodistribution of carbon nanotubes in the body - The Innovation Society


CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) and CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) researchers have looked at what happens to nanotubes after one year inside an animal. Studies in mice revealed that a very small percentage (0.75%) of the initial quantity of nanotubes inhaled crossed the pulmonary epithelial barrier and translocated to the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Although these results cannot be extrapolated to humans, this work highlights the importance of developing ultrasensitive methods for assessing the behavior of nanoparticles in animals. Read more

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