UK experts demand more research on nanotech risks

More research is needed on the potential health and environmental hazards of nanotechnology to ensure public confidence in the fast-growing industry, British experts said on Wednesday.

Nanotechnology, which involves manipulating materials on an ultra-small scale, has the potential to make better products in fields from computing to cosmetics to fuel additives.

But nanoparticles tens of thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair could be dangerous if they interact with the human body or the environment in unexpected ways.

The British government’s top-level advisory body, the Council for Science and Technology (CST), said the UK had taken an early lead by commissioning a 2004 report on nanotech but had failed to follow through with necessary research funding.

More info:  Reuters articles

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