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August 16th, 2005

Research advances raise questions about ethical use

Abstract:
One of the most common fears about the effects of nanotechnology, says Ron Sandler, assistant professor of philosophy at Northeastern University, is all but science fiction. Stories of self-replicating nanoparticles, or “gray goo,” taking over the environment are truly the least of our worries in how nanotechnology can affect us, he says.

But the prevalence of this concept is a sign that a great educational effort is in order, he says.

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