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Scientists disagree on responsible research
Date:4/8/2014

scared off scientists

According to Maja Horst, discussions about responsible research are particularly important in light of the fact that entire research areas may be at risk if they are perceived to be irresponsible or controversial.

"Scientists within stem cell research, nanotechnology, or synthetic biology, which is about designing biological organisms, pay a great deal of attention to the way in which their research area is presented in the media and perceived by the public. They all saw how the GMO debate about research into genetically modified organisms ended in a deadlock that had serious consequences for robust research projects which simply could not attract funding. No one wanted to be associated with GMO research after the heated debates", explains Maja Horst and adds:

"With a more balanced discussion of the role and responsibilities of scientists and society, we might have avoided the extremely rigid positions, for or against GMO, which dominated the debate."


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Contact: Associate Professor Maja Horst
horst@hum.ku.dk
45-35-32-88-53
University of Copenhagen
Source:Eurekalert

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