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Ethical and social issues in nanobiotechnologies: Nano2Life provides a European ethical 'think tank' for nanoscale research


By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleEthical and social issues in nanobiotechnologies: Nano2Life provides a European ethical 'think tank' for nanoscale research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBruce, Donald
JournalEMBO Reports
Volume7
Issue8
Pagination754-758
Date PublishedAugust 1, 2006
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1460 - 2075
Abstract

Nanobiotechnologies represent a rapidly growing field of interest. Several European conferences during the past year have highlighted the wide-ranging potential of applying techniques at the molecular and atomic levels to understand and transform biosystems, and of using biological principles and materials to create new devices at the nanoscale. This convergence of disciplines holds great promise in medicine for improved diagnostics, less invasive monitoring devices and more targeted therapies, and also has potential for agricultural and environmental applications. However, relatively little has been written about the ethical and social implications of this emerging research area. This article seeks to examine some of these questions, and is based on a report produced by the ethical, legal and social advisory (ELSA) board of the Nano2Life European Network of Excellence in Nanobiotechnology

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1525142/
DOI10.1038/sj.embor.7400762