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The case of nanobiotechnology

Grunwald, Armin (2004) The case of nanobiotechnology. EMBO reports, 5 (Suppl 1). S32-S36. ISSN 1469-221X

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Scientific progress and technical innovations are necessary not only to raise, or at least to secure, our present level of prosperity and to ensure competitiveness in the global market, but also to progress further in medicine and sustainable development. On these points there is, to a great extent, consensus. Scientific and technical progress, however, do not produce only positive outcomes. New technologies have unintended side effects, such as hazards to the natural environment, to human health or to society at large. The ozone hole, the long unrecognized carcinogenic effects of asbestos and catastrophic accidents, such as Bhopal or Chernobyl, are well-known examples (Harremoes et al, 2002). This ambivalence of science and technology is largely acknowledged today, and has led to risk research, technology assessment and ethical reflection to anticipate, counter and minimize the negative effects (Grunwald, 2002).

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:8920
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 13:49
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