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May 23rd, 2010

How safe is nanotechnology?

Abstract:
Last week in Parliament the Prime Minister was heard calling for more graduates in nanotechnology. At the same time, former University rector Fr Peter Serracino Inglott warned of ethical questions surrounding a "nanotechnology buzz".

The European Union is committed to future and emerging technologies. The expanding market for nanotech, though still poorly regulated, is expected to bring 'disruptive' changes to world markets. Much of the research money, which runs into several billion euros, is spent on safety assessments.

Advances in the medical world are ushering in a whole new era. Imagine a nano robot (nanobot) only six atoms wide, which can be injected into your bloodstream to locate and fix problems in your body. This technology may also be developed for neutralising pollutants. While projected benefits for medicine and the environment are thought to be exceptional, some health concerns linger.

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