Nanotechnology, neuromodulation & the immune response: discourse, materiality & ethics.

TitleNanotechnology, neuromodulation & the immune response: discourse, materiality & ethics.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFins, Joseph J.
JournalBiomed Microdevices
Date Published2015 Apr
KeywordsBioethics, Brain, Deep Brain Stimulation, Humans, Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology, Nerve Net, Neurotransmitter Agents, Persistent Vegetative State, Prostheses and Implants

Drawing upon the American Pragmatic tradition in philosophy and the more recent work of philosopher Karen Barad, this paper examines how scientific problems are both obscured, and resolved by our use of language describing the natural world. Using the example of the immune response engendered by neural implants inserted in the brain, the author explains how this discourse has been altered by the advent of nanotechnology methods and devices which offer putative remedies that might temper the immune response in the central nervous system. This emergent nanotechnology has altered this problem space and catalyzed one scientific community to acknowledge a material reality that was always present, if not fully acknowledged.

Alternate JournalBiomed Microdevices
PubMed ID25681046
Grant List1UL1 RR024996 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States

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