• Question: If nanotechnology is supposedly bad for your health, then why use it?

    Asked by laceyc to Amit, Emily, Jo, Martin, Paige on 18 Mar 2012.
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      Paige Brown answered on 18 Mar 2012:


      Great question! Just like anything, some nano materials are bad for you but others can be a life saver. There are nano particles in the air (smog) that can be harmful to our health. Other nano particles are engineered to save our health. Gold nano particles are already being injected in humans to treat certain diseases. These particles are not harmful in the human body. Gold nanoparticles have actually been shown to potentially help prevent alzheimer’s! There are even natural nanomaterials inside of your body.

      It is important to realize that not all nanotechnology is bad and not all is good. But in the end nanotechnology is being used for great things!

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      Emily Bullen answered on 19 Mar 2012:


      I’m not quite sure in what way you are referring to?
      Sometimes though things are generalised in the press. A newspaper article might say that nanotechnology is bad for you, when actually it’s just that a specific application of nanotechnology has been shown to be bad for you. I guess Paige would be able to help the journalists explain themselves better, and understand what they’re talking about before then print it 🙂

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      Joanne Davies answered on 20 Mar 2012:


      What are your thoughts on ths laceyc?

      I would love to know. 🙂

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