Regulating NanomedicineThe Smallest of Our Concerns?
Vol. 2, Num. 1
The author here looks to nanomedicine and its promise as something that needs to be pursued, but also a field where regulation is maybe more important than anywhere else for the immediate and immense impact it might have on human existence. While ideas of precaution are not necessarily bad, Brownsword feels that they are not properly grounded in ethical thought and that, in any event, nanoethics needs to probe deeper into the field of nanomedicine than simple precaution would suggest. The problem with ethics, of course, is that ideas of human dignity and rights are not scientific, not quantifiable, and hence fit poorly into and risk management equation. Still, for nanoethics to be a successful field, it must delve deeply into the ethical issues of what nanotechnologys progress might mean to humanity on a macro and micro scale, not simply on the safety of individual bodies or the environment.