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The social conditions for nanomedicine : disruption, systems, and lock-in


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TitleThe social conditions for nanomedicine : disruption, systems, and lock-in
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBest, Robert, and Khushf George
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Volume34
Issue4
Pagination733-740
Date PublishedWinter, 2006
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1748-720X
Abstract

Author looks at two ways in which the medical use of nanotechnology could be disruptive to society. One, nanotechnology will offer a low-level of disruption, as nanotechnology expanding the ability of science and medicine in unpredictable but limited ways, and the second with nanotechnology as a highly disruptive, with the potential to entirely cure diseases such as cancer (for example). The author argues that while the implications of low-end disruptive technologies are unpredictable, society can and should focus on the ethical issues inherent in predictable, highly disruptive technologies.

DOI10.1111/j.1748-720X.2006.00093.x