Suspicion of Scientists Clouds Support of Genetics Research
Bates, Betsy, Clinical Psychiatry News
LOS ANGELES -- Americans enthusiastically support using genetic technology to prevent or cure disease, but voice a profound skepticism that scientists can be trusted to use genetic discoveries wisely.
Specifically, a nationwide study comprising 21 focus groups and a telephone survey of demographically diverse black Americans revealed a deep-seated fear that genetics will be used to promote class disparities, racism, and stereotypes.
Results of both studies, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, reflect attitudes among some Americans that scientists are driven by greed and power rather than by the betterment of humankind.
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Publication information: Article title: Suspicion of Scientists Clouds Support of Genetics Research. Contributors: Bates, Betsy - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 32. Issue: 2 Publication date: February 2004. Page number: 100. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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