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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions
Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption


Synoym(s): FULLERENE


Concern Reference
One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation resultsDhawan A, Taurozzi JS, Pandey AK, Shan W, Miller SM, Hashsham SA, Tarabara VV, 2006

Biochemical or cellular level changes

Concern Reference
One or more animal studies show changes at low doses where the human health implications are not yet well understoodOberdorster E, 2004

Enhanced skin absorption

Concern Reference
Nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skinNanomaterial Database

Data gaps

Concern Reference
3,925 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Data Sources

Dhawan A, Taurozzi JS, Pandey AK, Shan W, Miller SM, Hashsham SA, Tarabara VV, 2006. "Stable colloidal dispersions of C60 fullerenes in water: evidence for genotoxicity." Environ Sci Technol. 2006 Dec 1;40(23):7394-401.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
NanoWerk. 2007. Nanomaterial Database. Available online: http://www.nanowerk.com/phpscripts/n_dbsearch.php
Oberdorster E, 2004. "Manufactured nanomaterials (fullerenes, C60) induce oxidative stress in the brain of juvenile largemouth bass." Environ Health Perspect. 2004 Jul;112(10):1058-62.

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