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Article Title:
Is Nanotechnology Too Broad to Practise?

Author:
Drezek, Rebekah A.

Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 5, Num. 3
2010

Link:
http://www.nature.com.ezproxy.lib.lehigh.edu/nnano/journal/v5/n3/index.html

Abstract:
For these authors, the very breadth of nanotechnology as a field is both a blessing and a curse; it allows for a multitude of different studies under one expansive umbrella, but scientists and regulators alike become increasingly frustrated by the vague boundaries of the field itself. While they see prudence as a worthwhile endeavor where any new science is concerned, the definition of nanotechnology based around size makes for some interesting comparisons to other fields that could be defined by their size, such as metretechnology. In such a case, all scientific work performed within .1-1 meter would be held to the same standards as nanotechnology, with the result that very little could actually be done when one considers the somewhat restrictive guidelines in place for nanotechnology. If the five recommendations the authors give to solve this quandary are not solved, they see scientists eventually moving away from the field, if only in name, in order to avoid the needless scrutiny and regulation the label has garnered.