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UK survey shows public confusion about human genetic research

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:576
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A major survey has shown that most members of the UK general public are in favour of genetic research for medical purposes but three quarters of those taking part believed that they had too little information on controls on biological developments.

    The MORI survey asked 1038 members of the “people's panel”—a randomly recruited panel of the general public, aged 16 and over—how they thought human genetic research should be used and regulated. Nine in 10 people taking part in the survey considered that genetic developments could and should be used to diagnose and achieve cures for diseases.

    More than two thirds …

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