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August 30th, 2005

Teaching people about nanotechnology

For nanotechnology to ever live up to its promise, somebody is going to have to talk to Gail Vick. As part of a layperson's panel that studied the technology of the tiny, this Madison grandmother and cancer sufferer said she was thrilled and unnerved by its possibilities of both fighting disease and causing it, of bettering the environment and doing harm. Along the way, she reached a key insight about what may be nanotechnology's biggest obstacle - her own ignorance and unease about the unfolding science.


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