Risk Assessment and Benefits

Authors

Douglas Mulhall Our Molecular Future

Publication Date

7/15/04

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Abstract

Risk assessment is the foundation of our capacity to evaluate economic, health, and ecological impacts. Yet, a wave of scientific discovery is transforming our understanding of not only risk but also the environments that sustain us. This will force basic changes to how we evaluate risk and make decisions to restrict new technology.

Until we acknowledge such changes and incorporate them into our assessment of risk, it will not be possible for detractors or supporters of nanotechnologies to accurately evaluate their risks and benefits.