Worms lead way to test nanoparticle toxicity

  1. Technology: A worm! “Worms lead way to test nanoparticle toxicity”

In a relatively short time period, 1 weeks (“That is long enough for us to monitor toxicity effects accumulated through three generations of worms.” C. elegans has a life cycle of about three days, and since each can produce many offspring, a population that started at 50 would number more than 10,000 after a week.”) the toxicity of a nanomaterial can be tested. If the material has a relatively high level of toxicity the worm will act ‘sluggish’, they’ll eat less as well as produce less. http://www.apptheneum.com/worms-lead-way-to-test-nanoparticle-toxicity/

  1. Sustainable issue: With the past centuries reliance on plastic and the more newly findings of plastics non biodegradable and environmentally toxic components, new materials are needed. In order to find biodegradable and non toxic materials research is being done at the nano level to determine how a material will effect the environment. Being able to test a nano material will lead towards smarter and cleaner decisions as new materials are being made and brought into our supply chain.
  2. Technology stakeholders:

-Private companies: manufacturing companies who will us nano materials to replace current non environmental friendly materials.

-Because of the low cost of a ‘natural’ sensor, the worm, funding should be able to be absorbed by private companies, R&D divisions, fairly easily. Additional funding can come from NGO’s, if needed.

-Government agencies for funding and regulation.

-Humane and Animal Rights Organizations.

  1. Process for implementation:

-Connect private companies with NGO’s and Educational Institutions that are spear heading ‘worm sensor technology’ research.

-Fine tune the metrics. How much ‘sluggishness’ equals levels of toxicity in a material that is prohibitive.

-Establish state and federal regulations to monitor companies using this new technology.


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