Europeans support responsible innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

A survey on life sciences and biotechnology indicates that the crisis of confidence in technology and regulation that characterised the 1990s is no longer the dominant perspective.

While entrenched views about GM food are still evident, in 2010 there is a greater focus on the technologies themselves.
The survey also reveals important knowledge gaps, pointing to a need for more communication: a majority of respondents had never heard of some of the areas covered by the survey, such as nanotechnology (55% unaware), biobanks (67% unaware) and synthetic biology (83% unaware).
The Eurobarometer, carried out in February 2010, is the seventh in a series since 1991.

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