Brazilian researchers determine soy biodiesel doesn’t damage lungs

In Brazil, researchers led by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro have determined that soy-based biodiesel is less toxic to lung cells, provoking no damage unlike fossil-based diesel. The tests exposed particles from combustion of fossil diesel, soy biodiesel, soy biodiesel with additives and ethanol to lung cells. Researchers hope that the results will inspire more research into the health impacts of biodiesel and perhaps even find ways to prevent respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

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