Navigation Links
Nanotech's health, environment impacts worry scientists
Date:11/25/2007

MADISON - The unknown human health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology are a bigger worry for scientists than for the public, according to a new report published today (Nov. 25) in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

The new report was based on a national telephone survey of American households and a sampling of 363 leading U.S. nanotechnology scientists and engineers. It reveals that those with the most insight into a technology with enormous potential -- and that is already emerging in hundreds of products -- are unsure what health and environmental problems might be posed by the technology.

"Scientists aren't saying there are problems," says the study's lead author Dietram Scheufele, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of life sciences communication and journalism. "They're saying, 'we don't know. The research hasn't been done.'"

The new findings are in stark contrast to controversies sparked by the advent of technologies of the past such as nuclear power and genetically modified foods, which scientists perceived as having lower risks than did the public.

Nanotechnology rests on science's newfound ability to manipulate matter at the smallest scale, on the order of molecules and atoms. The field has enormous potential to develop applications ranging from new antimicrobial materials and tiny probes to sample individual cells in human patients to vastly more powerful computers and lasers. Already products with nanotechnology built in include such things as golf clubs, tennis rackets and antimicrobial food storage containers.

At the root of the information disconnect, explains Scheufele, who conducted the survey with Elizabeth Corley at Arizona State University, is that nanotechnology is only now starting to emerge on the nation's policy agenda. Amplifying the problem is that the news media have paid scant attention to nanotechnology and its implications.

"In the long run, this information d
'/>"/>

Contact: Dietram A. Scheufele
scheufele@wisc.edu
608-262-1614
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Stevens Health, Technology, and Society roundtable: Oct. 31
2. New study examines how rearing environment can alter navigation
3. SRMs track fire retardants in humans and environment
4. Study finds environmental tests help predict hospital-acquired Legionnaires disease risk
5. Genes, Environment and Health Initiative invests in genetic studies, environmental monitoring
6. UCR engineers to develop new tool to measure how environmental exposures affect health
7. TAU scientists probe deep questions aboard EcoOceans environmental research ship
8. Genes and environment grant funds close look at nature-nurture overlap in common diseases
9. Americans remain pessimistic about the environment, Stanford-AP survey finds
10. Environmental setting of human migrations in the circum-Pacific Region
11. Chlamy genome holds clues for renewable energy, the environment and human health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/17/2014)... YORK , Dec. 15, 2014  HITLAB ... Good Clinical Practices (GCP) audit to confirm its ... (FDA) regulations. This accomplishment enables HITLAB to conduct ... utilizing the highest principles for patient safety and ... improve global healthcare access, quality, and delivery with ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets ( ... "Global Chemical Sensor Market 2015-2019" report ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 One major trend upcoming ... medical sensors in biomedical applications. Chemical sensors help ... correct diagnosis during surgical procedures. The Global Chemical ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... Dec. 12, 2014 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Facial recognition ... individuals. Facial recognition system measures the overall facial ... edges, mouth, and the distance between eyes. Facial ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):HITLAB Completes GCP Audit for FDA Smart Device & App Compliance 2Global Chemical Sensor Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, Hoffmann La-Roche, Johnson & Johnson, NGK Spark Plugs and Robert Bosch 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3
... one of the millions who dread the spring allergy season, ... May 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology ... scientists have identified a previously unknown cellular switch that turns ... study also suggests that at least for some people with ...
... Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human ... results from the new study also suggest that smoldering ... reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during ... as alkaloids -- helps researchers understand how they cycle ...
... A wolverine first photographed by a remote-controlled camera on ... closely related to Rocky Mountain populations, according to a ... Their findings are published in the latest edition of ... of hair collected from the first scientifically verified California ...
Cached Biology News:Just in time for spring: Scientists find the cellular on and off switch for allergies and asthma 2Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke 2Origins of wolverine in California genetically verified 2
(Date:12/17/2014)... (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Gene ... that it has entered into a technology access ... (ADM) to apply DNA2.0’s proprietary protein engineering technology, ... process. , “We are extremely excited that the ... platform. This proprietary bioengineering technology has now ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , Dec. 17, ... positive results of a Phase 2 study evaluating ... for the treatment of patients with severe, chronic ... the current standard of care, including topical steroids ... endpoint was percent change in Visual Analog Scale ...
(Date:12/15/2014)...  GlassesOff Inc. (OTCBB: GLSO) announced today the appointment ... director of the Company,s Board of Directors. ... its CEO until its acquisition by Stanley Black ... Recognized as the inventor of the first Wi-Fi-based Active ... -based RFID solutions focused on improving operational efficiency, safety ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 Clarassance, a ... announced its new name: Therabron Therapeutics , Inc. ... and bronchioles (a type of structure in the lungs ... company’s mission to develop novel protein therapeutics for the ... directors decided to change the name to mark the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ADM and DNA2.0 Enter Into Protein Engineering Technology Access and Service Agreement 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 3Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 4AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 2AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 3Maryland-based Biotech Company's Path Forward in Treating Respiratory Diseases Sparks Name Change 2
... care startups reported $572 million in total investments across ... according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Health ... while the total dollar levels ... companies financed remains the same.   (Logo: ...
... Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX ), a biopharmaceutical company ... for the third quarter ended September 30,2010 on Wednesday, November ... followed by a live webcast and conference call at 5:00 ... the call and webcast to discuss financial results and recent ...
... ... ... ... keyed by longUrl, so we need to grab the first one. for (var r in data.results) { first_result = ...
Cached Biology Technology:Midwest Health Care Startups Raise $572 Million Through Q3 2010 2Midwest Health Care Startups Raise $572 Million Through Q3 2010 3Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 2Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 3Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 4Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 5Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 6Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 7Taking Control of Diabetes: Support World Diabetes Day (14th November 2010) 8
Goat polyclonal to Ephrin B2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 1948 SwissProtID: P52799...
...
Rabbit polyclonal to LCAT ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 3931 SwissProtID: P04180...
Rabbit polyclonal to ECSIT ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 51295 SwissProtID: Q96HQ7...
Biology Products: