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Nanotech Spurs Debate On Regulation

Law360 (September 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Cleaner water. Better disease diagnoses. Scratch-resistant eyeglasses and stain-resistant clothing. All are possible through innovations in nanotechnology, the process of manipulating materials 1 million times smaller than a millimeter.

But the rapid development of a technology with such vast commercial potential has spurred a debate about how such materials should be regulated, especially when so many questions still remain about the impact such minuscule materials can have on human health and the environment.

“What I think you see here is a fairly robust debate taking place...
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