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« Debating Nanotech Laws | Main | Robot Redux »

January 18, 2006

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Mike Deering

As long as we are only talking about regulating the "uses" of MM and not the ownership or the development, then I think you could get some interest by those in a position to make regulations happen.

Matt

Would somebody care to enlighten me as to why nanoperticles need new laws for regulation? Last I checked, a newly designed substance (or a known substance which particles have been nano-sized) that has novel properties has to be tested for effects, period. What exactly has changed since then?

Chris Phoenix, CRN

AFAIK, known substances don't necessarily have to be retested when they are made in a new size. I think there have been several cases of manufacturers saying "Well it's just carbon" (for buckytubes) or "well it's just titanium dioxide."

Chris

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