A major headache for anyone trying to understand the toxicology landscape has been the plethora of different sites. mostly academic but with a sprinkling of well intentioned amateurs. The situation has been compounded by the number of other groups desperate to prove that nanotechnology is dangerous and must be regulated, ranged against an assortment of business interests, transhumanists and Star Trek fans who see nanotechnology as vitally important and won’t hear a word against it.
As a result, searching for some accurate toxicology information online was like hunting for a newspaper article in a landfill site, but a new UK project, Safenano, may prove a good first port of call for nanotoxicology.
The site is very web2.0, with flocks of tag clouds, discussion forums and RSS feeds, but has a nice and growing collection of toxicology information which is all serachable by keyword. More significantly, it is a site about toxicology run by toxicologists, so it may provide a way for non specialists to keep an eye on the science rather than being fobbed off with speculation.