Public views on gene tech

A new public consultation reveals cautious optimism about genetic technology.
14 March 2018

Interview with 

Robin Lovell-Badge, Francis Crick Institute


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This month the Royal Society released the results of a study uncovering public opinions about technologies such as genomics and DNA sequencing, gene editing and gene therapy. A survey of more than 2,000 people and detailed workshops showed cautious optimism for tools to improve human health, tackle the impacts of climate change and reduce inequality.

But other uses of genetic technology were less popular - such as attempts to manipulate eye colour or intelligence. So - what’s hot and what’s not in the public’s view of genetics? Kat Arney went to the Francis Crick Institute in London to meet Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, chair of the Royal Society’s genetic technologies programme, to find out why the Society commissioned the report, and what they learned from it.

Find out more and read the report here.


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