In God’s kitchen all sciences were mixed
Current trends in nanobioethics Interview with Dr Mira Marcus Kalish, Tel Aviv University, Israel Ineke Malsch, date interview 04-03-2010, publication date 19-03-2010 Abstract Dr Mira Marcus-Kalish has participated in several EU projects on bionanotechnology. She is an interdisciplinary researcher combining engineering, mathematics and biology. Her aim is to stimulate truly multidisciplinary cooperation in nanobiotechnology including natural as well as social sciences and humanities. Relating to the whole human body as one system including the “mind” effects in healthcare and avoiding abuse of nanobiotechnology are her main concerns. Under the header of Nanobioethics, ObservatoryNano aims to highlight technological and economic trends in nanotechnology for health, medical, biotechnological and agrifood applications with potential ethical and social implications. Simultaneously, current debates on relevant issues in nanobioethics among ethicists and social scientists, policy making circles and stakeholders are analysed and confronted with the issues emerging from the technical and economic trends. This way, emerging issues not discussed sufficiently can be identified and brought to the attention of policy makers in the second annual report on nanobio ethics to be published online in the spring of 2010. The series of interviews with opinion leaders is intended to be a compilation of different views on the relevant issues currently in debate from the perspective of a social scientist, an entrepreneur, an ethicist and now finally a natural scientist.
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