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Public Perspectives on Human Cloning

'Public Perspectives on Human Cloning', a report from the Wellcome Trust, 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 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.

Download 'Public Perspectives on Human Cloning' [PDF 924KB].

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