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New properties, new issues

The things that make nano so interesting also have implications for its safety.

Because most nanomaterials behave differently than they do in their larger form, we need to find out more about their safety when they are used in these new ways.

However, all nano materials are different, and need to be tested separately. As with ordinary materials, some nanomaterials will be more harmful than others and some may be appropriate to be used in one context, but not in others.

This is what scientists, governments, and companies are wrestling with at the moment.

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The UK government has funded a project called SAFENANO to help companies and scientists share their research and understand more about what is going on in this very important area.

Go to www.safenano.org for more detail on this subject.

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