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Nanomedicine: Issues of Privacy and Informed Consent
Volume 6, Issue 1

Janet Brewer, University of Illinois-Carle
Ogan Gurel, Aesis Group

Personal medical information collected by nanotechnological diagnostic methods will strongly implicate privacy concerns of the individual, which must be balanced against the group benefits that could be gained by analysis. The legislative, administrative, and judicial methods of allocating ownership and protecting privacy in other rapidly evolving fields—automobile electronic data recorders and Global Position Satellite tracking—are provided as a basis to predict issues that will arise in the field of medical nanotechnology. The efficacy and drawbacks of the different protection measures implemented with regard to automobiles are discussed, as well as the applicability of similar measures to the medical nanotechnological context.

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