The repertory grid method was used to determine what terminology respondents use to distinguish between different applications of genetic engineering drawn from food- related, agricultural, and medical applications. Respondents were asked to react to fifteen applications phrased in general terms, and results compared with a second study where fifteen more specific applications were used as stimuli. Both sets of data were submitted to generalized Procrustes analysis. Applications associated with animals or human genetic material were described as causing ethical concern, being unnatural, harmful, and dangerous. Those involving plants or microorganisms were described as beneficial, progressive, and necessary. The results were validated in survey research, which indicated that general applications ofgenetic engineering were perceived as either positive or negative, whereas specific applications were more highly differentiated in perceptual terms. The results imply that the public debate about genetic engineering must take due account of the complexity of public concerns.
Keywords Agriculture  Attitude  Biomedical and Behavioral Research  DNA, Recombinant  Data Collection  Ecology  Empirical Approach  Food  Genetic Engineering  Genetics and Reproduction  Hazardous Substances  Methods  Microbiology  Morals  Organisms, Genetically Modified  Public Opinion  Risk  Risk Assessment  Terminology as Topic  United Kingdom
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DOI 10.1177/016224399702200105
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