The Ethics of Nanotechnology

Essay by nazaninsoCollege, UndergraduateA+, August 2007

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Today the topic of our chemistry class was one of my favorite topics in the world of chemistry. Our instructor opened a new link to our knowledge toward the science of chemistry by teaching us about the elements with different isotopes, their radioactivity and the benefit of radioactivity that has become a crucial part of modern medical care, both diagnostic and for therapeutic. As she gave us the hint I thought it would be very interesting topic to do research in that field and it got my interest to put the subject of one of my journal related to our lecture topic that we learn today. Few days a go as I was skimming through different legitimate website for searching the advantage and the disadvantage of the technology for human's life, I came a cross this article with this headline :Imagine the world in which people can be operated and healed by cell-size robots or garbage can be disassembled and turn into beef-steak[1].

This might sound unbelievable, but this is the possible application of molecular technology which it is called Nanotechnology (MNT).

What is nanotechnology?Nanotechnoloy, or, as it is sometimes called, molecular manufacturing, is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of extremely small electronic circuits and mechanical devices built at the level of molecules and atoms. In other source of research related to this topic they mention the goal of nanotechnology, is to be able to manipulate materials at the atomic level to build the smallest possible electromechanical devices, to give the physical limitations of matter and also the mechanical systems that we already know will be transferred to the molecular level as some atomic analogy [2].

What it got me more interested into this topic was the application of Nanotechnology which it's called Nanomedicine.