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July 5th, 2007
The Daily Page: What is the most important information the public needs to know about nanotechnology in terms of the risks?
Maynard: I don't think there is one single most important piece of information. I'd say the most important piece of information is that nanotechnology is here, that it is going to get bigger in the 10 years or so. You've got it in areas all the way from computer chips, research, cosmetics, and so how you deal with that huge diversity simply is not easy.
But I think there are some very basic principles that can be followed when people are thinking through what the risks are going to be. Those principles go along the lines of whether you're likely to be exposed to some of the nanomaterials people are using.
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