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Safety Plan Needed for Nanotech

The U.S. government lacks an effective plan for ensuring the safety of nanotechnology, a new report concludes today. The report, by the National Research Council, finds that the current plan for coordinating federal research on environmental, health, and safety risks of nanotechnology represents more of an ad hoc collection of research priorities from the 25 federal agencies that make up the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative.

“The current plan catalogs nano-risk research across several federal agencies, but it does not present an overarching research strategy needed to gain public acceptance and realize the promise of nanotechnology," David Eaton of the University of Washington, Seattle, chair of the NRC committee that wrote the report, said in a statement.

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