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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In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE program at the U.S. Department of Transportation was originally designed to help minority- and woman-owned businesses win government contracts....

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LAST SPRING, Paul Strode gave an unusual survey to his advanced biology students at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. The first five questions were:

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Exploring the culture of science.

1. Define as best you can: What...

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Americans’ views on the appropriateness of changing a baby’s genetic characteristics depend in large part on the intended purpose and...

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A wave of controversy about reproductive gene editing gathered force in response to reports in 2015 of the first CRISPR...

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White pencil made out of a strand of DNA, on a blue background

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Red, green, yellow and blue C, A , G and T letter descending down a wall

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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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