Americans Are Becoming More Open to Human Genome Editing, Survey Finds, but Concerns Remain

The new survey, conducted by social scientists from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found that two-thirds of the 1,600 respondents thought genome editing was generally “acceptable.” This held true whether the genome modification was in germline cells, which can be passed on to offspring, or in somatic cells that cannot. But that acceptance was qualified, and colored by religious beliefs and scientific knowledge.

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