Major Challenges in Nanobiotechnology

Nanotechnology supporters believe that it has the potential to transform our lives dramatically, while opponents of nanotechnology fear that self-replicating "nanobots" could escape from laboratories and reduce all life on earth. Some ethical discussions have been focused on the field of molecular nanotechnology. The lack of meritorious ethics research proposals may be related to the difficulty in identifying or anticipating ethical issues that are unique to nanobiotechnology, particularly its near-term applications.