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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A genetically modified (GM) rice product developed by a group of Chinese scientists has acquired the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the first such Chinese product allowed to enter the US market.

However, neither China nor the US...

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When we talk about gene editing technology, we often talk about—but almost never deeply consider—the concept of designer babies. Consider this article in The New York Times, titled “Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say.”...

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The year was 2004, and great medical breakthroughs were supposedly right around the corner.

In TV advertisements, celebrities Michael J....

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In a few short years, the parents of a newborn will know the baby’s full genome — every last secret...

Illustrated image, featuring a graphic of a map of the seven continents. A vertical double helix appears at the center. Two horizontal curving lines appear faintly in the background. The letters ATCG are repeated across the horizontal lines.

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An Orphan Black promotional poster, featuring two side by side portraits of a woman, with the headline "I am not your property" and "I am not your weapon."

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A male doctor examines a pregnant woman's exposed stomach as she lays does on a hospital bed.

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Forensic equipment, including crime scene tape, gloves, and evidence bag.

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