Volume 94 Issue 47 | pp. 32-34
Issue Date: November 28, 2016

Cover Stories: The global menace of asbestos

Superfund research center studies asbestos from all angles

University of Pennsylvania program addresses aspects from environmental containment to health effects
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: public health, environment, asbestos, superfund, Ambler, NIEHS, institute profile

Ads in which a lawyer talks about compensation for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma have been a television mainstay in the U.S. for a long time. Watching those, one might assume that the science of asbestos—how it’s formed, how it’s transported in the environment, and how it causes lung cancers—is a closed book. It turns out, however, there’s still lots to learn about the long, thin fibrous material.

Prized for its flame and heat resistance, asbestos . . .

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