Does nanobiotechnology oversight present a uniquely complex challenge to interagency cooperation?

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Abstract

Numerous regulatory and oversight challenges exist in the field of nanobiotechnology. Although these challenges may appear novel and complex, similar issues have plagued environmental regulation since the 1970 s. This article argues that complexity, uncertainty, and regulatory gaps are common problems in environmental regulation, and that the lessons learned and progress made during more than 40 years of environmental regulation can serve as a guidepost for addressing nanobiotechnology regulation and oversight issues.

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  • Complexity
  • Environmental regulation
  • Governance
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Oversight
  • Uncertainty

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  • Bradley C. Karkkainen

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