Nanotechnology's first recall

It’s not grey goo, and no one is sure what’s going on, but we have our first recall of a commercialized nanotech product.

Wonder what the ethics board will say?

From the Washington Post:

At least 77 people reported severe respiratory problems over a one-week period at the end of March — including six who were hospitalized with pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs — after using a “Magic Nano” bathroom cleansing product, according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

Symptoms generally cleared up within 18 hours, though some had persistent breathing problems for days.
The spray is meant to be used on glass and ceramic surfaces to make them dirt- and water-repellant. “The distributors have launched a recall and advised against using the sprays,” according to a statement from the institute, which is conducting tests on the product.

Nanotechnology is an emerging field of materials science involving substances smaller than one-ten-thousandth the width of a human hair. The tiny specks have chemical properties that make them potentially useful in engineering and medicine. But some can clog airways or trigger immune responses.

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