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Posted: February 16, 2007
Intuitive toxicology and nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) There is an interesting post over at Berube's blog Nanohype: He suggests that we engage in "intuitive toxicology", which refers to how an inexpert or lay audience comprehends and reacts differently to expert information, in this case quantitative toxicology data.
Berube is proposing that we engage in social science research which should run parallel to the toxicology research on nanoparticles.
"This small investment is an important partner to the environmental health and safety research currently being undertaken. As data on toxicology surfaces, it would be fortuitous if we had a strategy on engaging the public which is based on something other than supposition and educated guesses."
Berube is working to formalize this proposal and welcomes any input you might have.