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October 19th, 2006

Dissecting the pros and cons of nanotechnologies

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Will Nanosciences shape future society and how will citizens benefit from it? This was the question put to scientists, policy makers and stakeholders at a Nanocafé on 18 October in Brussels.

'The key question therefore is how to benefit from nanotechnologies while limiting these risks?' asked Mr Schaller. One suggestion by the European Commission is to take into account the ethical, health, environmental and regulatory considerations linked to nanotechnologies as early on as possible in the research and development (R&D) phase, and to encourage dialogue with the public. Mr Schaller said that the aim was to spark debate early on among all those concerned so as to avoid repeating the mistakes made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) where the public were reluctant to accept anything mildly related to GMOs.

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