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February 13th, 2006
An Interview with Professor George Whitesides: Jacob Gordon: Although new risks may be introduced by nano-based substances, do you see grave new danger to health or the environment? Do you think that existing regulatory structures are sufficient to address any unique risks posed by nanotech?
George Whitesides: I don't see anything grave. We live in a world that is full of nanoparticles - sand, smoke, dust, sea spray, all have nano-scale stuff in them. There are issues that should be carefully explored about nanoparticles (as about any new chemical) if they are going to go into large-scale commercialization. OSHA procedures - correctly done - should be able to handle it.
(Ed.'s note: Along with many others, notably CRN, I respectively disagree with Prof. Whitesides when it comes to assemblers. See Bootstrapping a Nanofactory for some very well considered thoughts on the nanofactory.)
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