Scientists should inform public of risks of transgenic experimentation

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7102.255 (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:255
  1. R A Chalmers, Senior house officera
  1. a Accident and Emergency Department, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk IP33 3DN

    Editor—Robert Winston dismisses fears of a moral threat from cloning by presenting cloning as an exciting scientific endeavour which has been in progress for 20 years.1 This tells us nothing about its potential for good or ill: atomic and nuclear weapons are no less terrible because they emanated from decades of challenging scientific research.

    Winston implies that current disquiet about transgenic research is merely the product of a “scientifically illiterate” society. Yet David Weatherall reminds us …

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