Nanotechnology has the potential to impact our lives immensely, whether it be making everyday household items more efficient, or finding ways to make us live longer. Not just in the field of nanotechnology, but the world of biotechnology as a whole has made outstanding breakthroughs within the last years as it burst into the scene as a "hot field." 

     As exciting as all these predictions and promises may sound, there are still those out there that disapprove of what they think is happening in the field. When people who are uneducated on the topic hear the phrase "genetically modified," they don't think of fish engineered to reproduce faster, or products made to work more efficiently. They automatically get tied to the idea that these biotech researchers and scientists sit in their labs all day and create fish with four eyes, or chickens with three legs. It is this lack of knowledge of a subject that leads to people's unsupportiveness in areas that could possibly change their lives for the better.

     In the case of nanotechnology, it is another topic very few people are educated on, yet alone have even heard of. When they find out that nanoengineers and researchers make these tiny robots that go inside of you, or go into your consumer products, they get skeptical. This misconception of the field could be what is holding so many researchers back from making breakthroughs they are on the verge of.

     Although the field seems to have limitless possibilities, there are still lots of kinks to be worked out, lots of loose nuts and bolts to be secured, before the technology will even come close to contact with the majority of the population.

 Legal Issues

   The government and the FDA have rules and regulations over things that enter the body (8).

       Because nanoparticles are so small and cannot be seen, it would be far too easy to accidentally consume them. Consuming them could potentially be very dangerous, because they are so small they could cross the blood-brain barrier and cause unknown, harmful effects to the body who hosts them.

 Social Issues

  People may be uneasy about the idea of miniscule, unseen robots entering their bodies. 

      Nanotechnology is a fairly new field of science, technology, and emerging medical applications. This causes people to have difficulty trusting technology of the field. 

  Nanoparticles could be toxic (1).

     Nanoparticles have to be small in size to be able to enter the body and cells of the body to do their jobs; however, the fact that they are so small could be one of the biggest risks. Nanoparticles would potentially have to be smaller than a red blood cell, which means it could easily cross the blood-brain barrier, a membrane that protects the brain from harmful chemicals in the bloodstream. 

 Economical Issues 

   Less jobs for humans (3)

      One disadvantage of nanotechnology is the possible lessening of jobs. Because of such high-tech technology, humans may not be needed, or as needed, in some areas of the manufacturing and farming. With less need for humans, all sorts of industry that provide millions of jobs could be cut tremendously. 


      Not only would nanotech treatments, etc. be expensive to manufacture, but it would also be expensive for the majority of the population to get a hold of. If products couldn't be accessible to the majority of the population, how would nanotechnology be beneficial to society?


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