Electronic Journal of Biotechnology ISSN: 0717-3458
  © 2003 by Universidad Católica de Valparaíso -- Chile
Vol. 6 No. 1, Issue of April 15, 2003
 

Table 8. Perception of usefulness, riskyness and moral acceptability of various biotech applications.

"For each of the following biotech applications, could you tell me if it is.
?" (% of answers)


Proposed answers
Biotech applications
Useful
of which
very useful
Risky
of which
very risky
Morally
condemnable
of which very
condemnable

- Genetic testing: detection of genetic abnormalities which might trigger diseases that parents can transmit to their children

85

64

65

27

42

21

- Gene therapy: treatment of inherited diseases by introducing a healthy functional gene in the patient body

79

48

72

27

40

16

- Human medicines or vaccines production by genetic engineering: introducing a human gene into cells or living organisms to produce medicines or vaccines

70

33

74

29

44

19

- Agricultural genetic engineering: modifying the genes of the plants to make them more nutritious, tasty or keep them longer.

29

10

69

33

54

28


(Amgen, 2002). Survey by IPSOS of a representative sample of 1021 persons in Sep. 2002 in France.

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