DEBATE: Safe But Sorry?

Science  13 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5660, pp. 935
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5660.935b

Is society's growing timidity toward risk stifling technological and scientific advances? Or are people prudently reacting to the uncertain benefits of these developments? Join a debate about these questions at Fearing the Unknown, sponsored by the London-based online magazine spiked and Britain's Wellcome Trust. The site presents the first in a series of online wrangles about risk and biomedicine that will run over the next 2 years. To kindle the discussion, two experts posted dueling essays last month, and visitors can browse readers' responses or add their own salvos. Background information includes a British parliamentary report on factoring risk into government decisions. The next debate, tackling the restrictions on using donated tissue and organs, begins in May.

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