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Damaging DNA from a distance

Nanoparticles can have an adverse impact on cells, even when there is a barrier between the cells and the source of the nanoparticles. Both direct and indirect effects should therefore be included in assessments of nanoparticle safety.

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Figure 1: Nanoparticles can damage DNA without crossing barriers.


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Myllynen, P. Damaging DNA from a distance. Nature Nanotech 4, 795–796 (2009).

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