I demand a recount

Manufactured Buckyballs Don’t Harm Microbes That Clean The Environment, Study Shows

“We found no effect by any amount of C60 on the structure or the function of the microbial community over a short time,” Nyberg said. “Based on what we know about the properties of C60, this is a realistic model of what would happen if high concentrations of nanoparticles were released into the environment.

It’s not a short time anyone was that deeply worried about, no? I’d be more interested to see longer-term studies as well — for instance, do we know whether the buckyballs eventually break down, persist indefinitely, or what? I know that previous studies of interesting environmental contaminants (oils, pcbs) have shown important changes over 5-10 years that didn’t show up in a few months or a year.


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