At nanoscale, current laws may not apply

August 1, 2001 | Source: SmallTimes

As nanotechnology moves from the realm of science fiction to the real world of commercial application, legislation and regulation are going to have to play catch-up.
International trade law, treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, regulations governing medicine and the environment, and copyright and patent law will be affected.

Some of the other big legal headaches are likely to emerge when scientists perfect replicating, or self-replicating, nanotechnology.