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July 19th, 2004
Are nanoparticle studies 'one decade late'?
ETC Group Executive Director Pat Mooney, in a recent paper discussing nanotechnology regulatory issues, brings up a reasonable point: “Ironically, governments are talking about the need to be proactive, failing to admit that they’re at least one decade late: nanotech products are already commercially available and laboratory workers and consumers are already being exposed to nanoparticles that could pose serious risks to people and the environment.” It's a question I've posed to a handful of nanotech government, business and academic leaders over the past few years.
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