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A commentary in the July 9 issue of Nature cites the GoodNanoGuide, an online, community-driven wiki administered by the Rice University-based International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), as an example of how nongovernmental initiatives are filling a need for information about the safe handling of nanomaterials.
The article by Andrew Maynard and David Rejeski of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars calls for more data sharing within and oversight of the burgeoning nanomaterial industry.
Read the commentary at tinyurl.com/laodtx.
The GoodNanoGuide, introduced last month, is a practical tool for people who handle nanomaterials as well as an online repository of safety protocols. The beta version can be found at www.GoodNanoGuide.org.
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The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) is an international, multi-stakeholder organization based at Rice University. Its mission is to develop and communicate information regarding potential environmental and health risks of nanotechnology thereby fostering risk reduction while maximizing societal benefit. The council has evolved into a network of scholars, industrialists, government officials and public interest advocates who share information and perspectives on a broad range of issues at the intersection of nanotechnology and environment, health and safety. ICON maintains a public portal for information on nanomaterial environment, health and safety at icon.rice.edu.
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