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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Oct;2(10):811-5.

What is 'public opinion' about genetics?

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Department of Speech Communication, University of Georgia, 110 Terrell Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA. ccondit@arches.uga.edu

Abstract

Every biotechnology success story increases the number of decisions that the lay public must make about genetics. But vibrant public discussion about these far-reaching changes has been rare, and research on the public's understanding of genetics has barely scratched the surface. This article reviews what we know about the public's attitudes towards genetics, proposes some concepts for thinking about public involvement and indicates some future lines of research.

PMID:
11584297
DOI:
10.1038/35093580
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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