Public Opinion

Public opinion surveys highlight how cultural experiences and political climates shape views on biotechnology at specific historical moments and help us track shifts over time. The Center for Genetics and Society has collected poll data dating back to 1986, and continues to do so. Some external links may no longer be operative. The two main summary pages cover, respectively, Opinion Polls on Heritable Human Genetic Modification and Cloning and on Animal and Pet Cloning.


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Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. And those who do not remember the sometimes irrational exuberance around past advances in biomedicine may be doomed to buy into the hype around today’s. From curing Alzheimer’s...

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The Royal Society has recently published the results of an extensive survey of the attitudes of the general public to genetic modification. This sent my mind back to 1990, when the human fertilisation and embryology bill was going through...

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Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in...

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Levi Strauss & Company introduced a novel benefit for employees at its San Francisco headquarters last fall: free genetic screening...

Three stages of human evolution, looking more like a modern man from left to right. Pencil drawings on a tan background

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An individual crouches down on a lab counter to get a better look at the sample at hand.

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A male baby rests his arms on the top of an outdoor bench and looks into the distance.

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Close up of the feet of a newborn baby laying on a white bed in a hospital. The baby has a hospital tag around its right ankle.

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