Addressing medium- and long-term expectations for human health, this book reviews current scientific and technical developments in nanotechnology for biomedical, agrofood, and environmental applications. This collection of perspectives on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of bionanotechnology provides unique insight into contemporary technological developments. Readers with a technical background will benefit from the overview of the state-of-the-art research in their field, while readers with a social science background will benefit from the discussion of realistic prospects of nanotechnology. The text also includes a glossary as well as extensive end-of-chapter references.
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Malsch Techno Valuation, Utrecht, NetherlandsReview:
... Students and the public are not aware of the rapid speed at which the research in nanoscience moves from the lab into devices and materials for public consumption. Since this size of science involves the study and manipulation of atoms, it opens a window of nature that can improve our understanding of self-assembly and self-organization at the cellular level of all matter. Learning through biomimicry in all research areas can advance our knowledge base safely for enhancing and enabling materials and medical discoveries. I don't know if this book accurately describes this aspect. ... The lack of education in nanoscience for K-12 and the lack of informal coverage by the news media has created gaps in our knowledge base as the technology advances rapidly in the public domain. The public will not be able to evaluate new medical advances or environmental technology, nor make informed decisions for medical procedures offered in the future until the knowledge base is expanded in all areas. ... An Introduction to areas of research and development in the nanoscience fields that could become products for the public. Should stimulate a desire to learn more as the integrated fields of research develop products and procedures requiring consumers to expand their knowledge base to make informed decisions.
––Judith Light Feather, President, The NanoTechnology Group Inc., Nacogdoches, TX
"The book gives a good overview of both central areas within nanotechnology and important ethical discussions. It is a particular strength of the book that it continually balances the potential benefits and risks of nanotechnological advances. ... The book is a good introduction to nanotechnology and its societal and ethical implications. It will serve as an excellent resource for courses on nanotechnology and ethics – and for researchers looking for an overview of the field."
––Ulrik Becker Nissen, Center for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Aarhus University, Aarhus University, Denmark
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