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Engaging the Public: Results of a Canadian Consensus Conference on a Nanomedical Device for Genetic Analysis

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This commentary reports the main findings of a consensus conference held in Canada in April 2007 on the development of a portable diagnostic technology for conducting genetic analysis. Twenty-two members of the public were recruited to make recommendations on the social, ethical, and legal issues associated with the clinical and non-clinical applications of this early nanomedical device. These recommendations demonstrate that members of the lay public can, if given the opportunity, develop thoughtful recommendations that may assist policy-makers and others in regulating advances in nanotechnology in general.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jne.2009.014

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of Nano Education (JNE) is a peer-reviewed international journal that aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in nanoscale science, technology, engineering, and medical education.
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