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July 13th, 2009

Too small to overlook

Voluntary reporting of nanomaterials by industry has failed. Mandatory measures are a step in the right direction, but the field needs more data sharing and oversight, say Andrew Maynard and David Rejeski.

Global investment in nanotechnology research and development by public and private sectors has risen to more than US$18 billion annually and nanotechnology has passed from a scientific curiosity to a market reality, with hundreds of substances and nanotech-based products now commercially available. Despite the need for evidence-driven oversight of the products of nanotechnology, very little is known about the use of nanotechnology in industry, and relevant oversight remains in its infancy.


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