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 is in the process of updating the presentation. In the interim, here are links to earlier versions, in pdf form: Opinion Polls on Heritable Human Genetic Modification and Cloning; Animal and Pet Cloning Opinion Polls.
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Scientists, scholars, and social justice advocates have debated for decades about the prospect of modifying the traits we pass on to future generations. The controversy emerged well before the relevant science or technology was clearly in view, but took on new urgency in early 2015. In April of that year, researchers reported an experiment with nonviable human embryos using a new-generation genome editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9.

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