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The meanings of genomics: a focus group study of “interested” and lay classifications of salmon genomics

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Tansey, James D.; Burgess, Michael

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Abstract Risk researchers have traditionally examined technologies that have become stigmatized in the public realm. In this study, we examine a prior cognitive phenomenon, which assumes that technologies are classified according to the non-scientific taxonomies that individuals use to make sense of the world. We describe the coarse taxonomies revealed during five focus groups involving expert and non-expert participants. The study suggests that in discussions of salmon genomics, participants consistently conflate genomic research with transgenic applications. The authors discuss the implications of this phenomenon for public policy.
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 473-484
Journal Public Understanding of Science, 17 (2008) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)