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February 17th, 2006

Nanotechnology Developments Prompt Public Policy Questions

Even as nanotechnology (science on the scale of single atoms and molecules) produces increasingly important advances in the physical, biological and medical sciences, researchers and regulators around the world are examining its potential risks.

“We now have tools to manipulate atoms and build nanoscale structures,” said Edward Samulski, a physical chemist from the University of North Carolina. “Simultaneously, we are getting better at predicting risks and we must improve our ability to manage the side effects of all newly discovered phenomena ultimately for the betterment of the human race.”


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