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John Armitage on Fri, 4 Dec 1998 21:43:52 +0100 (CET)


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Hi nettimers,
A new report on cloning.
John Armitage

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PUBLIC PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN CLONING

A new report, from the Wellcome Trusts Medicine in Society programme,
presents findings from an innovative research study looking at public
views on human cloning and its uses. 

The research shows that the public can quickly get to grips with detailed
scientific concepts and, whatever their background or personal
circumstances, were overwhelmingly against cloning. Most were strongly
against the idea of using cloning for reproductive purposes, stemming from
concerns for the children and society as much as from fears about
unnatural science. The potential for cloning techniques to benefit medical
treatments was recognised but there was concern about what types of
research and their uses would be acceptable. The study also identified a
distrust among participants of scientists motives and regulatory
frameworks. 

Using reconvened focus groups and depth interviews this qualitative
research demonstrated that the public can think deeply and speak cogently
about the social implications of science. On the subject of human cloning
they have more fears than hopes. 

To download or order a hard copy of the report, visit the Wellcome Trusts
web site at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/publications
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John Armitage, 
Division of Government & Politics, University of Northumbria at Newcastle,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK. Tel:0191-227-3943 Fax: 0191-227-4654.
E-mail:John.Armitage {AT} unn.ac.uk Home Page:
http://www.unn.ac.uk/academic/ss/government/john.htm
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