Nanotech Database

Article Title:
An Ethical Argument in Favor of Nano-enabled Diagnostics in Livestock Disease Control

Evers, Johan

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 2


Adding controversy to controversy, this article suggests that a better alternative to eradicating livestock diseases than stamping out or vaccination would be nano-enabled diagnostics in these animals. The idea here would be to not necessarily eliminate the practice of culling infected animals or to eliminate infections altogether, but simply to use nanotechnology to decrease and then limit the number of animals that need to be culled in the first place. The new technology would have to be agreed upon by both regulators and farmers, and hence some sort of control would need to be left in the hands of each over this technology should it ever be implemented. While massive cullings or invasive vaccinations are both seen as ethically questionable and hence problems nanotechnology might look to solve, it would also seem that the GMO fiasco would give pause to anyone looking to use nanoscale science to significantly alter any sort of food, livestock or otherwise; while these are certainly different cases, public risk perceptions probably would not see the divide.