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Biotechnology and the European public

The latest European sample survey of public perceptions of biotechnology reveals widespread opposition to genetically modified (GM) food in much of Europe, but public attitudes to medical and environmental applications remain positive.

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Figure 1: European attitudes to seven applications of biotechnology.

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This article was written with support of the European Commission, Research Directorate-General (QLRT-1999-00286).

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Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Bauer, M. et al. Biotechnology and the European public. Nat Biotechnol 18, 935–938 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1038/79403

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