Public attitudes towards the selection of desirable characteristics in children.
This paper reports the results of a survey of 973 members of the British public in which attitudes towards methods of achieving desired personal characteristics in their children are compared.
While there was little support for the use of gene manipulation to achieve desirable traits in children, the proportion who would consider doing so has more than doubled in the 12 months since the public were last polled on this question.
The small but growing public support for the use of gene therapy to enhance human characteristics points to the need for a debate involving the public as well as scientists before such techniques are feasible.
Mots-clés Pascal : Thérapie génique, Ethique, Eugénisme, Homme, Enquête, Grande Bretagne, Attitude, Parent, Dépistage, Avortement provoqué, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Gene therapy, Ethics, Eugenics, Human, Inquiry, Great Britain, Attitude, Parent, Medical screening, Induced abortion, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0553402
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.