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Feds falling down on nano risks

  December 22/29, 2008
The US government's research into the health and environmental impacts of nanomaterials is inadequate, according to a National Research Council study.

Although the government's effort catalogs research across various agencies, it doesn't provide a national research strategy, according to the study. The government should also do a better job of determining what we know about nanomaterials' health and environmental risks and set goals to ensure that nanomaterials are developed and used as safely as possible, according to the study.

Nanomaterials are in more than 600 products on the market. Most of these are health and beauty aids.

Research paper:
Review of Federal Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research
The National Academies Press, published online December 10, 2008

List of researchers:
Committee on Review of the Federal Strategy to Address Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials

Related stories and briefs:
Study Urges Nano Safety Rules -- related study
Nanotech surge -- study of nanotechnology in consumer products

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