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Published in Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods 21:9 (2011), pp. 635–636; doi: 10.3109/15376516.2011.615978 (Introduction to special issue)


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We have developed this Special Issue titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Toxicology in Mexico” with the aim to highlight not only the challenges toxicology research faces in Mexico, but also the efforts and drive towards cutting edge research to address them. Altogether, this special issue should be a valuable source of information for all readers with an interest in toxicology and human health.

Mexico is an important economy worldwide and is a major exporter of several supplies and commodities. Because of this, its industry is a source of occupational exposure to several chemical derivatives (Nieusma 2011). The situation of occupational toxicology in Latin America, and particularly in Mexico is reviewed in this issue by Dr. Muñoz and Dr. Albores. In the frame of the 30th Congress of the International Commission of Occupational Health to be held in Cancun, the authors present current data, statistics and studies about this topic in Mexico. In addition, they propose the use of molecular studies to increase accuracy in diagnosis of occupational associated diseases, improve techniques of biomonitoring in the work environment and develop current databases for occupational exposure limits.