Navigation Links
Public must be involved in nanotech policy debate demands groundbreaking
Date:9/25/2009

rt."

The need for action is made more pressing by the fact that nanotechnology has the potential to fundamentally change everyday life and thus raises profound social and ethical questions. Attention has recently focussed on the uncertainties surrounding its long-term effects on human health and the environment, but the 'Reconfiguring Responsibility' study indicates that public concern also focus on the kind of society being created by such technologies. "It's great that there is a move towards public dialogue and more responsible development of new technologies," continues Macnaghten, "but at the moment this move doesn't go far enough. In the case of nanotechnology we find public hunger to be included in shaping the technology's development. However, policy processes don't yet fully take this into account. We'd like to see the terms of the debate being shaken up."

As with the GM debate, the research has found that most non-scientists accept that a degree of risk is inevitable, but are concerned about the motivations driving technology. Indeed, many people question whether the vaunted benefits of nanotechnology in everything from defence to cosmetics to communications technology will in practice be beneficial at all.

The report gives a number of recommendations to policy makers involved in governing nanotechnology and similar technologies, including the need to be innovative in finding ways to involve the public and to move away from policy making that simply reacts to new findings or applications. "We want our analysis to be helpful to those at the cutting edge of decision making in science," says Macnaghten, "while at the same time not shying away from the fact that this presents a challenge to the way that things are being done."


'/>"/>

Contact: Richard Hayhurst
rhayhurst@schwartz-pr.co.uk
44-771-182-1527
Durham University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology technology :

1. Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Announces Public Follow-on Offering of 3,000,000 Shares of Common Stock
2. Public attitudes to new technology: Lessons for regulators
3. Omeros Commences Initial Public Offering of Common Stock
4. Rigel Announces Pricing of Public Offering of 13,000,000 Shares of Common Stock
5. OrbusNeichs Genous(TM) Bio-engineered R stent(TM) is Feasible in Patients Requiring Undeferrable Non-Cardiac Surgery, International Journal of Cardiology Publication Reports
6. Greenway Medical Technologies Plays Leading Role in Interoperability Demonstrations at Seventh Annual Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference
7. Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company
8. Accera Announces Peer-Reviewed Publication of the Results of its 90-Day Clinical Study of AC-1202 (Axona(TM) ) in Mild to Moderate Alzheimers Disease
9. Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing of Its Initial Public Offering of Common Stock
10. Micromet Closes $80.5 Million Public Offering of Common Stock
11. Human Genome Sciences Announces Closing of Public Offering
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/10/2014)... THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 10, 2014   Ceres, ... biotechnology and seed company, announced today financial results for ... an update on its business. Ceres reported ... progress in product performance this growing season in Brazil, ... that affected the company,s sorghum evaluation areas for part ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... microscopic polymer light resonators that expand in the ... Photonics Laboratory have developed new optical sensors with ... sensors are ideal for detecting trace gas concentrations ... nature, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. , Although ... the MIT team conceived an extremely sensitive, compact ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... observed the fractional quantum Hall effect in bilayer graphene ... be tuned by an electric field. , The ... confined to thin sheets are exposed to large magnetic ... thousands of individual electrons behave as a single system. ... well established, many details of this collective behavior remain ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and ... basic devices, used to trick the brain into ... rendered obsolete with the introduction of new holography ... TAU doctoral students Yuval Yifat, Michal Eitan, and ... on nanoantennas that could be used for security ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9Swell new sensors 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 3Projecting a 3-dimensional future 2Projecting a 3-dimensional future 3
... Ariz., April 23 ImaRx Therapeutics,Inc. (Nasdaq: ... into an agreement,with Abbott Laboratories pursuant to which ... non-recourse promissory note with Abbott issued in,connection with ... title to,the urokinase assets, including the remaining inventory ...
... (NYSE: SGP ) today announced two agreements ... in Europe. These agreements are,in connection with conditions ... its October 2007 clearance of Schering-Plough,s acquisition of ... In two separate agreements, Pfizer and Virbac, ...
... today,announced that on April 22, 2008 its management ... Emerging Business Awards, known as the "Bennies.",BioNanomatrix won ... group of growing entrepreneurial firms in the Philadelphia ... the,award on behalf of the company., The ...
Cached Biology Technology:ImaRx Therapeutics Satisfies Abbott Note Obligation Associated With the Acquisition of Urokinase 2ImaRx Therapeutics Satisfies Abbott Note Obligation Associated With the Acquisition of Urokinase 3Schering-Plough Announces Planned Divestiture of Select Animal Health Products in Europe 2BioNanomatrix Named 'Best Management Team' at the 2008 Ben Franklin Emerging Business Awards 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... This news release is available in German . ... scientists, including researchers from DESY, has caught a central step ... led by Prof. Petra Fromme from Arizona State University used ... Accelerator Laboratory SLAC to record still frames of a molecular ... and oxygen, a process that maintains the oxygen in earth,s ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... While careful management has helped stabilize or even ... parts of Europe, the situation in the Mediterranean ... a new report evaluating nine fish species reported ... on July 10, scientists call for stringent ... fisheries regulations, and advanced management plans in Mediterranean ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in ... and left fishermen ,scraping the barrel, for increasing amounts ... cod, haddock and many other species at the head ... many removed from the area completely., These are some ... biologists at Plymouth University, in association with international non-profit ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists watch photosynthesis in action 2Scientists watch photosynthesis in action 3Mediterranean fish stocks show steady decline 2Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel 2Overfishing in the English Channel leaves fisherman scraping the bottom of the barrel 3
... paper being presented in two American Physiological Society ... team demonstrated "for the first time that mitochondria ... mitochondria may mechanically regulate nuclear function." , The ... years, reported that it recently "found a very ...
... There's no doubt that laughter feels good, but is ... do about it? , In a paper being presented ... 2006, Lee S. Berk of Loma Linda University, reports ... but just the anticipation of the "mirthful laughter" involved ...
... different plant species are not only more productive, they ... climate extremes, pests and disease over long periods of ... issue of Nature, are the culmination of 12 years ... Ecology at the University of Minnesota, to explore the ...
Cached Biology News:First direct mechanical communication of mitochondria, cardiomyocyte nucleus shown 2First direct mechanical communication of mitochondria, cardiomyocyte nucleus shown 3Just the expectation of a mirthful laughter experience boosts endorphins 27 percent, HGH 87 percent 2Just the expectation of a mirthful laughter experience boosts endorphins 27 percent, HGH 87 percent 3Biodiversity key to sustainable biofuel according to University of Minn. researcher's findings 2
MAb to HLA, Class II-DR+DP Dry Ice: No Preservative: NaN3 Availability When Not in Inventory: 14-21 Business Days...
Cell Culture Flask, 25 cm, tissue-culture treated polystyrene...
... Virgin, optically clear polystyrene with frosted ... coordinates for cell counting. 100% integrity ... a new product number, created to ... showing no availability yet, please order ...
... CellBIND surface is produced by a ... more hydrophilic surface giving more consistent, ... and yields. CellBIND enhances cell attachment ... reduced serum or serum-free medium. • ...
Biology Products: