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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Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its vast genealogy database in an effort...

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The gene-editing scandal that made headlines in late November, with researcher He Jiankui claiming to have created twin girls whose DNA he had altered at the embryo stage, heightened global awareness of a consequential and close-at-hand decision about how...

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This page displays the results of more than 60 major public opinion surveys about four categories of emerging human biotechnologies:...

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LAST SPRING, Paul Strode gave an unusual survey to his advanced biology students at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado....

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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Magnified image of human blood cells, displayed in black and white.

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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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