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Ig Sanita Pubbl. 2009 Mar-Apr;65(2):169-88.

[The birth of nanobiotechnologies: new nanomaterials, potential uses, toxic effects and implications for public health].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica, Facoltà di Medicina, Università di Roma Tor Vergata.


Nanotechnologies hold considerable promise of advances in many sectors especially the biomedical field, since the materials used are of the appropriate dimensions to interact with important biological matter such as proteins, DNA and viruses. In this field the use of nanotechnologies will probably be second in importance only to biotechnologies. However many characteristics of nanomaterials that make them so promising from a technological point of view may also lead to negative effects on the environment and human health. It is important therefore that the environmental and work-related exposure effects to these materials be evaluated. In this article the potential uses, toxic effects and public health implications of nanobiotechnologies are discussed.

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