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Pew Research Center: U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to 'Enhance' Human Abilities

The Pew Research Center recently released a study indicating that as a whole, Americans are more "worried" than "enthusiastic" about three emerging biomedical technologies. For the study, researchers surveyed over 4,000 U.S. citizens about three potential human enhancements: gene editing in babies to reduce the risk of serious disease; the implementations of brian chips to improve cognitive functions like concentration; and synthetic blood transfusions to improve physical ability. The majority of those surveyed expressed that they were either "very" or "somewhat" worried about these potential technologies - although almost half of those surveyed also expressed enthusiasm for gene editing in babies. In this 132-page report, the authors closely examine these survey results, examining, among other issues, how religious beliefs impact views about biomedical technologies and highlighting widespread concerns about how science may aide inequality.
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Date Issued 2016-07-28
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Date of Scout Publication 2016-08-05
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