Learning Activity Content Nanotechnology can increase the surface area of a mate

Learning Activity Content

  1. Nanotechnology can increase the surface area of a material. This allows more atoms to interact with other materials. An increased surface area is one of the chief reasons nanometer-scale materials can be stronger, more durable, and more conductive than their larger-scale (called bulk) counterparts.
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    Consider the following scenario: A patient with diabetes is about to be stamped with a tattoo that will identify the patient at the molecular level; the tattoo comprises tiny particles that are configured to detect biochemical shifts in metabolism to monitor glucose levels. This is now a part of the scientific revolution related to the use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in the field of nanomedicine and may become a common diabetes treatment.
    Tattoos used to monitor glucose levels are an example of the miniaturization of medicine. This particular patient has watched sci-fi movies, is familiar with the term “grey goo,” and is fearful of the treatment approach. The physician explains to the patient that the use of the tattoo will be the best for her treatment plan. When the physician leaves the room, the patient states, “I don’t know about this tattoo thing. I have never wanted a tattoo, and this sounds like some sort of sci-fi movie I watched a while back.”

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    Answer the following questions:1. How would you use the bioethical checklist recommended by Bennett and Naranja to address this situation?
    2. What ethical principles are at play within this scenario?
    3. How might you educate the patient on what nanotechnology is and how it works to alleviate concerns?
    4. What common treatments for smoking cessation and cardiac disease might you use to compare the tattoo treatment to and to explain how nanotechnology works?
    Please note the grading rubric. The submission should be maximum 2 pages, not counting cover page and references