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The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences

Gaskell, George and Allansdottir, Agnes and Allum, Nick and Castro, Paula and Esmer, Yilmaz and Fischler, Claude and Jackson, Jonathan and Kronberger, Nicole and Hampel, Jurgen and Mejlgaard, Niels and Quintanilha, Alex and Rammer, Andu and Revuelta, Gemma and Stares, Sally and Torgersen, Helge and Wager, Wolfgang (2011) The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences. Nature Biotechnology, 29 (2). pp. 113-114. ISSN 1087-0156

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Abstract

Since 1991, the triennial Eurobarometer survey has assessed public attitudes about biotech and the life sciences in Europe. The latest 2010 Eurobarometer survey on the Life Sciences and Biotechnology (http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/europeans-biotechnology-in-2010_en.pdf), based on representative samples from 32 European countries, hints at a new era in the relations between science and society. We see less criticism of technology based on distrust in government and industry; more enthusiasm for novel technologies; and a more sophisticated appraisal of what technologies offer in terms of benefits, safety and sustainability. Europeans want regulation in the public interest and want a voice in such regulation when social values are at stake; we highlight an emerging European landscape of social value differences that shape people's views of technologies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.nature.com/nbt/index.html
Additional Information: © 2011 Nature publishing group
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Sets: Research centres and groups > Director's Management Team
Departments > Methodology
Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Identification Number: 10.1038/nbt.1771
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2011 13:00
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 11:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/32499

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