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Engineers Explore Environmental Concerns of Nanotechnology
February 1, 2010
As researchers around the world hasten to employ nanotechnology to improve production methods for applications that range from manufacturing materials to creating new pharmaceutical drugs, the national Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology looks at potential environmental exposure, biological effects and ecological consequences.
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