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Potential Ethical Concerns in Nanotechnology

Potential Ethical Concerns in Nanotechnology
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Author(s): Chi Anyansi-Archibong (North Carolina A&T State University, USA) and Silvanus J. Udoka (North Carolina A&T State University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 11
Source title: Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ndubuisi Ekekwe (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-006-7.ch016

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Abstract

Nanotechnology is science at the size of individual atoms and molecules. At that size scale, materials have different chemical and physical properties than those of the same materials in bulk. Research has shown that nanotechnology offers opportunities to create revolutionary advances in product development. It also has the potential to improve assessment, management, and prevention of environmental risks. There are however, unanswered questions about the impacts of nanomaterials and nanoproducts on human health and the environment. This chapter describes state-of the-science review, exposure assessment and mitigation, and potential macro ethical issues that must be considered to mitigate risk implications of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology.

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