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Pure Carbon Nanotubes Pass First In Vivo Test in Lab Animals

Researchers at Rice University (led by team leader Dr. Bruce Weisman, PhD) and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have finished the first ever in vivo animal testing of pure CNTs. According to the official release, the team determined that carbon nanotubes injected directly into the bloodstream of research lab animals “cause no immediate adverse health effects and circulate for more than an hour before they are removed by the liver.” Carbon nanotubes have strong potential to be useful in both diagnosing and treating disease. The research was funded by several leading federal, scientific and medical organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, NASA, Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, and the National Institutes of Health.

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