Nanotech Risk Assessment Called For
- In the July 19, 2006 edition of Chemsitry aWorld Kathrarine Sanderson
reports that Andrew maynard the chief scientific officer of the Project
on Emerging Nanotechnologies has called for a 2 year study costing $100
million to assess the risk & saftey of nanotechologies. In a report
titled Nanotechnologies: A research Strategy for Addressing Risk he
says, "There is not a clear research strategy in any region of the
world." The Chief Technology officer of Intel and others agree with
My opinion: This will slow down research in the field to some degree
but not as much as an unforeseen result particularly in biomedical
applications. Then the technology could grind to a halt with investors
fears and government sanctions. Of course I am sure he went into this
with that opinion from what I read sometime ago before he began this
latest endeavor. Regardless it is probably a good idea.
I disagree with one point: The UK has been conducting its own safety &
risk assessment since 2004. To what degree I do not know.
Plus the US Congressional Committees on Science & Technology have made
nanotech alarge part of their agenda. And I do mean a large part. I
feel certain some safety considerations have been made but again to
what extent I do not know. I am going to write the committee chairs and
subcommittee chairs snailmail and see if I can find out.