This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Staninger welcomed back to the program Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang, head of a leading group in nanoscience and nanotechnology at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Michael Edward, who continues to be involved in the research into the health and toxicity problems following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, to discuss the practical applications of nanotechnology remediation and cleanup of toxic substances in the environment.

After the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform, nearly five million gallons of crude oil flowed unabated into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, affecting the coastal waters and beaches of Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Additionally, the tourism and fishing industries of these areas were negatively affected, and the wildlife and ecosystems decimated. Through current methods, the oil was deemed too dispersed throughout the waters of the Gulf to clean up, and the area will forever be polluted with this oil. However, there is current research into the practical application of nanotechnology to be used as a method of cleanup.

*Nanowire-armed bacteria are more than alive*
msnbc.msn.com/id/39631457/ns/technology_and_science-science/

*Electrical transport along bacterial nanowires*
pnas.org/content/107/42/18127.full

*Bacteria Colonies May Be Linked By Nanowires*
gizmodo.com/5480124/bacteria-colonies-may-be-linked-by-nanowires

*Nanoparticle Assembly Is Like Building With LEGOs*
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111013141851.htm

*Using DNA To Control Nanoparticle Assembly*
sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070822093124.htm

Nanomaterials and the Environment
1cellonelight.com/pdf/2009-report-nano.pdf

Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment
1cellonelight.com/pdf/Humanandenvironmentalexposureassessment.pdf

Nanotechnology: innovation opportunities for tomorrow’s defence
1cellonelight.com/pdf/nanobook.pdf

Impact Of Gulf Spill’s Underwater Dispersants Is Examined
green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/impact-of-gulf-spills-underwater-dispersants-is-examined/

ATSDR – ToxFAQs™: Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets
atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp

NIOSH eNews – January 2006 – International Symposium: Biomedical Aspects of Nano-Toxicology
cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsV3N9.html