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Ethics of nanobiotechnology at the frontline

By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleEthics of nanobiotechnology at the frontline
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsZhou, Wei
JournalSanta Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal
Date PublishedMay, 2003
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0882-3383

If nanotechnology can fulfill its promises, its impact on society and market will be profound. Author argues that much of the lack of research into the ethics of nanotechnology stems from the idea that these ethical issues are hard to identify. The paper goes on to state that scholars can expect nanotechnology to face the same ethical issues that other emerging technologies have encountered, and particular attention should be paid to any unforeseen adverse effects owing to the short history of nanotechnology and its unparalleled power. Author then illustrates some of the ethical questions that may be faced in the near term through the examples of a nanotechnology-powered era of personal genomics and the patenting of nanotechnology.