Future of nanotechnology discussed by experts

Opinions, insight offered by leaders in the field

Boston, Mass. – December 13, 2006 -- Many people believe nanotechnology will be the key to solving many of the world's most pressing medical problems, while others believe it could lead to a potential disaster. The current issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics addresses this issue in all its aspects.

“This discussion goes a long way towards righting us on the path towards a more measured discussion about the prospects of nanotech in our lives,” says Ted Hutchinson, editor of the journal. “Without either fanning the flames of fear that always accompany the unknown, or resisting the necessary critical questions that must be asked of new technology, this symposium will bring us a step closer to understanding the critical role nanotech will play in the future of medicine and law, and steer us towards the questions we must ask.”

Key authors featured include:

Robert G Best, PhD, Professor and established master teacher in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where he serves as Director of the Division of Genetics. He is part of the Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Team in the USC Nanocenter with funding in nanomedicine and nanotechnology through the National Science Foundation. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine.

George Khushf, Ph.D. is Humanities Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and a Member of the Nanocenter at the University of South Carolina.

Robin Fretwell Wilson is a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law and a permanent member of the law faculty at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the University of Maryland Center for Nanomedicine and Cellular Delivery and the founder of the Nanotechnology Regulatory Working Group.

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This discussion is featured in the latest issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Media wishing to receive more information please contact journalnews@bos.blackwellpublishing.net.

Ted Hutchinson is Editor of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He can be reached for questions at thutchinson@aslme.org

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