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Methylisothiazolinone is a common biocide which is used as a preservative in many industrial and consumer products. For brevity, the remainder of this article may refer to the chemical as "M.I.T."


In early December, 2004, a news broadcast from WNYT in Albany, NY reported that methylisothiazolinone had been linked to nerve cell death in scientific studies.


In 2002 there was an in vitro study of the neurotoxicity of M.I.T. in the department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh.


Links

  • "In Vitro Neurotoxicity of Methylisothiazolinone..." PDF file, University of Pittsburgh (http://www.neurobio.pitt.edu/faculty_lab/aizenman_position_files/pdf/MIT2002.pdf)
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Nerobiology (http://www.neurobio.pitt.edu)
  • NIH household products database entry for M.I.T. (http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&id=92)

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Methylisothiazolinone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (272 words)
Methylisothiazolinone or MIT, sometimes erroneously called methylisothiazoline, is a powerful biocide and preservative.
Methylisothiazolinone is an antimicrobial used to control slime-forming bacteria, fungi, and algae in cooling water systems, fuel storage tanks, pulp and paper mill water systems, oil extraction systems, and other industrial settings.
In 2002, there was an in vitro study of the neurotoxicity of MIT in the department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
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