Life Extension and Nanobiotechnology Some Key Criteria

Nanobiotechnology for the purposes of this discussion is defined as the application of nanotechnology or nanobiology to a biological environment that involves device or material interactions with biological or biomolecular systems. To consider nanobiotechnology and life extension, it is important to first consider which social groups might be targeted by this approach and then to examine their medical and social requirements, highlighting where the NBIC convergence will have an effect. For example, the problems of the developed and developing world are quite different in terms of life extension. The problem of environmental damage and rising world pollution threatens the quality and length of life span of both groups. Table C. 1 summarizes some of the major problems that must be addressed in extending life in developed and developing countries (WHO 1998a; WHO 1998b; WHO 2000; WHO 2001).

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