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Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics and Law (The Earthscan Science in Society Series) Paperback – 1 May 2008

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'This valuable collection provides many insights into nanotechnology's impacts.' - Chris Phoenix, Director of Research, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

'This edited volume provides an overview of the state of nanotech and society in Europe, the USA, Japan, and Canada, examining the ethics, the environmental and public health risks, and the governance and regulation of this enabling technology.' - Journal of Consumer Policy

'The book provides much food for thought as nanotechnology becomes a part of everyday life.' - M. Fosmire, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

'A much-needed general introduction to the social, safety, and ethical aspects of nanotechnology... concise, cogent, and well documented.' Choice

'This is a good general text book providing good quality analysis of the very broad range of nanotechnology topics.' Jim McLaughlin,  Journal of Environmental Health Research

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Geoffrey Hunt is Professor of Ethics at the University of Surrey, UK and Professional Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology. Michael Mehta is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology of Biotechnology Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars new problems arising 1 Oct. 2007
By W Boudville - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As nanotechnology starts to emerge in the form of products for the marketplace, this book confronts various societal issues about its safety and usage. The contributors are varied. Most notable is Eric Drexler, who, in his seminal work, "Engines of Creation", helped kick off this entire field in 1986. His paper is a summary of the field's development. Well written, but nothing especially striking here.

Another chapter looks at a thorny problem of genetic analysis. As genomics becomes cheaper and more powerful, genetic testing raises issues of privacy versus need to know by others, including employers and insurers. Genetic discrimination has really not yet been significant. But mostly due to a paucity of solid information. The increasing availability of the latter can thus be awkward.

Overall, the book can be used as a non-technical briefing on the field.
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