The Rush to Market, Lack of Knowledge, and Public Trust
11 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Vivian Weil
What should rivet our attention now is the rush to get nano products into the market
long before the nanoscale phenomena these products exploit are understood.
Nanoscale materials often present unusual structures and activities as compared
to ordinary-scale amounts of the same material. Research moves relatively slowly to
understand how these properties arise and what makes possible the desirable behaviors
exhibited. Research into consequences, side effects, and by-products that may not be
desirable is just getting off the ground. Yet, seemingly, new nano products get prompt
federal regulatory clearance to enter the marketplace.