Ingested Nanoparticles May Damage Liver Via
Cornell University biomedical scientists are discovering that certain doses of nanoparticles in everyday products may have a negative effect on human organs. In fact, it turns out that nanoparticles have the power to injure liver cells. The study is currently looking at non-lethal consequences of the particles. When tested on a model of the human body, the nanoparticles were able to penetrate the gastrointestinal barrier and were able to reach the liver cells, which in turn caused the liver cells to release an enzyme that is typically released during cell death or damage. It is still unclear why this is happening and how bad the damage really is, but the researchers at Cornell are hoping to get to the bottom of it.