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June 28th, 2010
Report Calls For Regulating Nanotech Products
Nanotechnology may be an "emerging" science, but we're already slathering its products on our skin, wearing them to go hiking and ingesting them in medicines and food. With more than 1,000 consumer items using nanomaterials already out there, a new California study urges government to take action to find out which ones might be dangerous and start getting them under control.
"We must determine the toxicity of molecules and nano particles before the public and workforce are exposed; otherwise citizens become experimental subjects," said Carl Cranor, a professor at the University of California at Riverside and a member of the study's science advisory panel.
The report, prepared by the University of California/San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, recommends that state agencies try to speed up the regulatory process, and look at whether they can act under existing policies to put curbs on some materials, rather than waiting for new legislation.
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