This week’s issue of The Economist discusses the lack of coordinated research into the risks of nanotechnology. The report, entitled The risk in nanotechnology - A little risky business, quotes Michael Holman, an analyst with Lux Research: 'In the absence of any firm guidance from governments as to exactly what tests are needed to ensure a product is safe, businesses are devising their own'.

It continues to explain: The Nanotechnology Industries Association, a British trade body for companies operating in the field, wants better co-ordination in the way that money is spent on nanotechnology-risk research. According to Steffi Friedrichs, the association's director, ‘current research projects and their results are patchy to say the least’.


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