Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Nanoparticles in sun creams can stress brain cells

Tiny grains send cells into potentially dangerous overdrive.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. LongT. C., et al. Envir. Sci. Technol, doi:10.1021/es060589n (2006).

Download references


Related links

Related links

Related external links

Royal Society/RAE report on safety issues in nanotechnology

Environmental Science & Technology news story

Review on nanoparticle toxicity

Degussa titania nanoparticles used in this study:

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Ball, P. Nanoparticles in sun creams can stress brain cells. Nature (2006).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing