In this document, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology identifies 30 studies it feels are necessary in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of all significant issues in anticipation of the implementation and development of nanotechnology over the coming decade.

The studies are presented in five sections. The first three cover fundamental theory, capabilities of potential nanotechnologies, and the development of self-contained molecular manufacturing systems capable of producing duplicates at an exponential rate. In section four, studies that measure performance of products are suggested.

Policy-related issues are covered in section five, the largest part of the report. It suggests 14 "essential" studies, covering some of the potential negative implications of nanotechnology.


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