EDUCATION: Survey Says …

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Science  27 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5530, pp. 579b
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5530.579b

If you explain that scientists want to use “extra embryos” that would otherwise be “discarded” to “find treatments,” then 58% of the public is all for funding stem cell research. But change the wording to say “live embryos” would be “destroyed” for “experiments,” and support plummets. That's one tidbit from a new Web guide to medical research issues from Public Agenda, a think tank in New York City, and the Lasker Foundation. Aimed mainly at policy-makers and the public, the site offers background on hot issues—like the research budget, drug prices, and genetic testing—along with piles of survey results and interesting factoids. For instance, pneumonia and tuberculosis were the top killers in 1900, when life expectancy was only 49.

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