ERIC Number: EJ734867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
The GMO-Nanotech (Dis)Analogy?
Sandler, Ronald; Kay, W. D.
Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, v26 n1 p57-62 2006
The genetically-modified-organism (GMO) experience has been prominent in motivating science, industry, and regulatory communities to address the social and ethical dimensions of nanotechnology. However, there are some significant problems with the GMO-nanotech analogy. First, it overstates the likelihood of a GMO-like backlash against nanotechnology. Second, it invites misconceptions about the reasons for public engagement and social and ethical issues research as well as their appropriate roles in nanotech research, development, application, commercialization, and regulatory processes. After an explication of the standard GMO-Nanotech analogy, these two problems are discussed in turn. (Contains 10 notes.)
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Ethics, Science and Society, Technology, Misconceptions, Genetics, Research, Public Opinion, Citizen Participation, Social Issues
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