Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Keeping the Public Under the Microscope


Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 4, Num. 11


The editor here finds that nanotechnology has spent some time trying to reach out to the general public and inform them of the progress being made, but that a level has been reached where new methods of interacting with average citizens are necessary to reach those who are not already familiar with the field. For the field to survive in challenging economic and political times, it is necessary to both communicate effectively with the public and to ensure that proper precautions are taken to avoid becoming the next GM, or genetically modified organism. The scandal created when the public was informed about GMOs well after they were marketed to unsuspecting people (and turned out to cause some considerable problems therein) remains a cautionary tale for nanotechnology and any emerging field.