Policy ForumBiotechnology

The Swiss Vote on Gene Technology

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1810-1811
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1810

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Switzerland does world-class biomedical research, yet in June 1998 its citizens voted on a Gene Protection Initiative to curtail gene technology. They rejected it soundly, but some roots of the confrontation remain: the perceived power of global pharmaceutical companies and the social instability of a male-dominated science establishment.