Carbon Nanotubes Pose Same Cancer Risk As Asbestos

May 21, 2008

Scientists confirmed that certain carbon nanotubes pose the same cancer risk as asbestos.Boston (ChattahBox) – Scientists confirmed that certain carbon nanotubes pose the same cancer risk as asbestos.

The study looked into risks linked to short and long-term exposure to certain types of carbon nanotubes. What they found was that long and thin carbon nanotubes were just as harmful as asbestos, carrying the same risk for developing cancer in the lungs.

These long and thin carbon nanotubes were found to be as dangerous as asbestos filters. They did find though that short and curly carbon nanotubes did not pose the same risk factor.

This shows that there is a way to develop carbon nanotubes which are safer than asbestos.

Scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.


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