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Modifications of a Nanoparticle Can Change Chemical Interactions With Cell Membranes
January 23, 2013
Researchers at Syracuse University's Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science are studying the toxicity of commonly used nanoparticles, particles up to one million times smaller than a millimeter that could potentially penetrate and damage cell membranes.
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