Mineralogists may no longer be between a rock and a hard place when it comes to securing elusive research dollars. Now they can tap into the relatively lucrative health care funding keg.
That's right. The newly emerging field of environmental mineralogy is helping medicine take another step forward in a new direction: human risk assessment—and how. This interdisciplinary approach is beginning to deliver more accurate ways of determining the threat that environmental pollutants like asbestos, lead, and pesticides pose to humans than offered by conventional carcinogen tests, which themselves have been controversial since the start.