University Develops New Model for Environmental Risk Assessment   Leave a comment

University of Insubria LogoOne of the greatest problems plaguing environmental regulatory agencies is the lack of a cohesive data set, which is imperative for risk assessment. According to an article in Environmental Health News, a new computer model promises to assist in measuring the “cumulative environmental risk of new and existing chemicals.” Developed in Italy’s University of Insubria, this computer model will be able to predict the risk of toxicity, persistence and bioaccumulation of substances. This program bases its predictions on the compound’s chemical structure and “notorious environmental pollutants such as dioxins, PCBs and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)” were used “to build a robust computational model.

The one noted limitation of this program is that it may not work as well for novel chemicals. Regardless, this appears to be an impressive step forward in the ability to safely regulate environmental contaminants. To read more about this breakthrough, click here.

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Posted September 22, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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