There is clear evidence that silver, and in particular nanosilver, is toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms, a variety of mammalian cells in vitro, and may be detrimental to human health. While undoubtedly silver and nanosilver have useful applications in the medical arena (for instance as coatings for medical devices or as wound care for severe burns victims), their use needs to be strictly controlled and the dictum ‘no data, no market’ should always be followed.

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Dr Rye Senjen and Ian Illuminato (June 2009) .