Trading in vivo for in silico: a new approach to nanotoxicity assessment

Posted On: 2015-10-28

"(Nanowerk News) The MODERN project has set out to better understand how nanoparticles affect environmental and human health. Their new approach, which relies on novel computational methods to characterise the structure of nanoparticles and in silico models to assess their effects, also promises to reduce the need for in vivo testing.

Historically, market pressure has often resulted in scientific innovation being made available to consumers even before we were fully aware of its ins and outs. This was notably the case with asbestos, and the same scenario could very well be repeating with nanotechnology if proper safety assessment studies are not conducted and political measures taken accordingly..."