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Nanomedicine: promises and risks


Nanomedicine, transhumanism and NBIC in the medical field: promises and risks

By AVICENN – Last added October 2022

The acronym NBIC refers to the convergence of nanotechnologies (N) with biotechnologies (B), information sciences (I), and cognitive sciences (C).

Some quotes as a preamble:

“In the utopian hope of being able to conquer death and suffering through the limitless power of our science, all of us, doctors, patients, health authorities, politicians… get drunk on the uninterrupted flow of discoveries that biotechs like to announce with great fanfare. And drunkenness sometimes leads to absurdity (…). This leads to a real problem ofhealth equity: all other things being equal, patients who can benefit from sophisticated treatments will receive more resources from the national solidarity than those requiring “human” care, considered less prestigious. – Bruno Falissard, “ Medicine is the best alibi for technoscientific hubris “, Le Monde, September 2022.

“In the 1960s, during the presidency of Richard Nixon, the U.S. administration had decreed the “war on cancer.” The promise was “in 10 years, we will have won”. Lots and lots of money has been spent. Not everything has been in vain, but this war has not been won, obviously. – Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond,“There is no democratic control of science,” Critical Science, December 2015.

“New curative advances still allow those without excellent intrinsic longevity to nibble away a few years of life after age 65. But these results are nothing compared to the preventive measures known as hygienic-dietary rules. These can be summarized as three: regular walking, caloric restriction and smoking cessation. Their results are far superior to any pharmacological or instrumental interventions in most pathologies neurodegenerative, tumor, cardiovascular, infectious and locomotor diseases”. – Luc Perino, excerpt from “Refusing death can be deadly,” in For Health Reasons – Medicine and the Facts, July 8, 2015.

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The next nano meetings

NanoSafe conference 2023 (CEA, Grenoble)
  • 8th International Conference on Health Issues for a Responsible Approach to Nanomaterials
  • From June 5 to 9, 2023
  • Organizer: French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission(CEA)
  • Website:…
How the world deals with Materials on the Nanoscale – Responsible Use and Challenges (OECD-BMUV, Berlin)
  • International Conference from June 22 to 23, 2023
  • Organizers: OECD, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection(BMUV)
  • Website: https: //…
São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Nanotechnology, Agriculture & Environment (SPSAS NanoAgri&Enviro, São Paulo)
São Paulo
  • From July 3 to 15, 2023 in São Paulo
  • Organizer: FABESP
  • Application from November 18 to February 05. Registration fees and travel expenses are covered.
  • Speakers: see the complete program here.

This sheet was originally created in February 2019

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