Ethics of Nanotechnology

The Nanotechnology Revolution, Its Ethics And Challenges

The breakthroughs in nanotechnology recent years have led scientists to predict that in the next five years, it will be possible to examine body fluids and filter them for minute bioparticles.

These bioparticles will then be used to reveals signs of diseases like cancer, even before they manifest any symptoms.

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Nanomaterials

A 7 Point Introduction to Nanomaterials Used In The World Today

The terms nanotechnology and nanomaterials are popping up more often in the news, in research papers and even on the web. Despite that, there is still a relative lack of awareness regarding nanomaterials.

1. Definition of Nanomaterials

Before understanding the concept of nanomaterials, there is need to understand what the general concept of nanotechnology is all about.

The term ‘nanotechnology’ emerged in 1974. At the time, it was defined as consisting of the processing of separation, consolidation, and deformation of materials by one atom or by one molecule.

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DNA And Nanotechnology

New DNA Nanotechnology particle Testing Technique Developed

Diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and HIV/Aids and even inherited disorders such as cystic fibrosis and hemochromatosis all have one thing in common; they have no known cures. However, with gene therapy, this may soon change. DNA Nanotechnology is used in gene therapy in a process whose purpose is to treat or prevent a disease using genes.

More specifically, the process delivers therapeutic nucleic acid polymers into the cells of a patient. Indeed, gene therapy has evolved immensely over the years. In 2016 for example, scientists made significant progress using gene therapy for increasing the resistance of uninfected cells to HIV/Aids and even “snipping out” infected cells.

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Nanotechnology in Electronics

Recent Developments In Nanotechnology And Wireless Electronics For Retinal Prosthesis

Retina implant technology attempts to restore the function of the light-activated cells found in the retina by implanting microelectronics and microchip electrodes surgically into the retina.

Nanovision Biosciences Inc. a start up based in La Jolla recently collaborated with engineers from the University of California San Diego with the aims of advancing research on restoring the ability of damaged neurons on the retina to respond to light.

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Ethics in Nanotechnology

The Issue Of Ethics In The Development Of Nanotechnology

Ethics are an important part of scientific development that one cannot overlook. While some will look at technological capabilities and potential profits, other must consider the impact of the tech. This is the case in the development of nanotechnology, and concerns other ethics are increasing.

There are many positive ventures highlighted here, with social and medical benefits. Some are now concerned about what could happen if nanotech moves into other industries, and the wrong hands. Are these concerns justified, and should we pay more attention to who is using this tech?

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