The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a report this summer stating it would begin looking into the need for regulations governing nanotechnology. The agency currently provides no oversight, though the technology is already used in everything from stain-resistant carpeting to sunscreens. Products incorporating the atom-level technology racked up worldwide sales of $30 billion in 2005, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Activist groups have tried to raise awareness by ...

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