Sunday, May 14, 2006

Too early for "I told you so!" but...

There have been a mixed lot of studies about the safety of fullerenes. This recent one by Los Alamos National Laboratory tends to support my own belief that the interaction of fullerenes with tissues and cells will be more like that of graphite rather than that of benzene as some have maintained. The fact of the matter is that most fullerenes are closed cyclic structures with few dangling hyrdogen atoms to give them the nasty reactivity of benzene.

What makes this study most valuable is the fact that the researchers weren't just testing for toxicity but also compiling knowledge to be applied to future engineering of fullerenes to increase their safety even further.

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