01/11/2006 - Laws fall short in safeguarding the public's health and safety when it comes to the blossoming science of nanotechnology, according to report being issued Wednesday.The new materials made through nanotechnology are finding their way into dozens of everyday products, from toothpaste to trousers, often without gaining the notice of regulators or consumers.
Few will say whether the nano materials, often hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, are unquestionably safe or dangerous given the lack of definitive research into the matter. But Terry Davies, author of the report, said it's time to start discussing changing laws -- and perhaps drafting new ones -- to identify and protect the public from any risks that may crop up in the future.
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