Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Ethical Responsibilities of Nanotechnology Researchers: A Short Guide

McGinn, Robert

Journal Information:
Vol. 4, Num. 1


While there are many articles about the ethics of nanotechnology, McGinn looks here to fill a void he sees in ethical writings aimed specifically at nanotechnology researchers. He feels that it is important to set absolute guidelines along which research is done, outlining thirteen ethical responsibilities set off into three groups that, should they be followed, would ensure nanoscientists were working in the best interests of their field and their species. McGinn feels that the recent emphasis on developing scientists with both an impressive formal training and a sensitive ethical compass demands that, in their education before ever breaking in to the nanotechnology field, these people should be given a firm grounding in fundamental ethics, as well as those specific to nanotechnology, to ensure they are bearing in mind the implications of their studies beyond the laboratory.