, Volume 85, Issue 7, pp 705-706
Date: 17 Jun 2011

A special issue on nanotoxicology

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It is a great pleasure to introduce this special issue on nanotoxicology. This novel discipline of toxicology addresses potential adverse effects of manufactured nanomaterials in biological systems. As the number of manufactured nanomaterials is ever growing, a huge variety of materials needs to be tested for safety now and in the future. Therefore, toxicological research in this area is of utmost importance and reemphasizes the relevance of toxicology in general. The attractiveness of nanotoxicology for researchers lies in all the basic research questions immanent to a young and emerging area in science. As is in general true for toxicology, nanotoxicology in particular is a highly interdisciplinary field, which brings together scientists from totally different backgrounds such as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, medicine and toxicology, to name a few. Nanotoxicology is not only relevant to assess the risk of unintended nanomaterial exposure but will also help to support the ...