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August 25th, 2006

Nanotech's tiny revolution raises caution

Abstract:
In a Woodland, Calif., warehouse cluttered with particle detectors and chambers where mice inhale smoke, University of California Davis researchers are trying to learn whether a swirl of carbon with tantalizing promise could turn lethal.

"At the moment, nobody has died from engineered nanomaterials. To our knowledge nobody has even gotten sick," said physicist Andrew Maynard. "We have an opportunity to try to mitigate potential risks before they get significant," said Maynard, scientific adviser to the emerging nanotechnologies project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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