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Perceptions of Nano Ethics among Practitioners in a Developing Country: A Case of India

Patra, Debasmita and Haribabu, E. and McComas, Katherine A. (2010) Perceptions of Nano Ethics among Practitioners in a Developing Country: A Case of India. NanoEthics, 4 (1). pp. 67-75.

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Many developing countries have allocated significant amounts of funding for nanoscience and nanotechnology research, yet compared to developed countries, there has been little study, discussion, or debate over social and ethical issues. Using in-depth interviews, this study focuses on the perceptions of practitioners, that is, scientists and engineers, in one developing country: India. The disciplinary background, departmental affiliation, types of institutions, age, and sex of the practitioners varied but did not appear to affect their responses. The results show that 95% of the Indian practitioners working in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology research recognized ethical issues in this research area, and 60% of them could offer specific examples, which included possible ill effects on environment and human, use as a weapon, hype, professional ethics, laboratory testing on animals, cyborgs, widening the gap between rich and poor, self-replication, and longevity of human life. The results may offer opportunities for future cross-cultural research, as well as offer examples that can be used to raise the awareness of other practitioners in India and elsewhere regarding the importance of ethical issues.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cyborg - Ethical issues - India - Nanotechnoscience - Perception - Practitioners
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:8851
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:05 May 2010 15:52
Last Modified:05 May 2010 15:52

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