FOEA Emerging tech Project

Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Three of the seven samples tested contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles. Nano-hydroxyapatite has been found to cause cell death in the liver and kidneys of rats and is prohibited from use in infant formula in Australia in any form. Friends of the Earth are...

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FSANZ ignores evidence of nano titanium dioxide toxicity

According to a recent French peer-reviewed study, there are growing concerns that the use of nanoparticles in food is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and cancer. The study found that consumption of food grade titanium dioxide (TiO2 – E171) containing nanoparticles caused pre-cancerous lesions in rats – raising serious questions about its use in food. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and...

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A national discussion on gene editing is urgently needed

The Australian Academy of Sciences has joined a growing number of groups calling for a national discussion on a range of new genetic engineering techniques that are being referred to as gene editing. Our Federal regulator – the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) – is currently deciding how to regulate these techniques. However, most of the discussion so far has taken place between industry ‘experts’ behind closed doors. In...

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Nanoparticles implicated in heart disease

A new study has found a direct connection between the inhalation of nanoparticles and cardiovascular disease, once again raising serious questions regarding our increasing exposure to manufactured nanomaterials. The study which exposed human volunteers to gold nanoparticles via inhalation found that nanomaterials can move from the lungs to the circulatory system and accumulate in inflamed areas of the blood vessels. This finding was confirmed...

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Dr Michael Antoniou is visiting Australia

In late March, Dr Michael Antoniou, Reader in Molecular Genetics at King’s College London School of Life Sciences will be visiting Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. He is here to discuss his concerns with a range of new genetic engineering techniques that the Federal Government is currently proposing not to regulate. If the Government deregulates these techniques anyone from amateur biohackers – to industry – would be free to use them to...

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