11/29/2005 - As nanotechnology research explodes, the much smaller field that investigates the technology's possible risks is also growing.
The primary worry about the potential health and safety risks of nanotechnology is simply that far too little is known about the behavior of the tiny nanoscale materials in various environments. But enough risk research is under way, for example on effects on the lungs, that keeping track of it has become a challenge in its own right.
The most comprehensive effort yet to provide such a research database is to go online today at nanotechproject.org, according to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Washington-based policy research institute that created it.
"We believe we have 90 percent to 95 percent of the federally funded research projects in the inventory," said Andrew D. Maynard, chief science adviser to the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.Go to the article on the New York Times site--Too Tiny For Trouble? Scientists Take a Look
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies on PewHealth.org.