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Public attitudes to gene technology: the case of the MacGregor's® tomato


Schibeci, R and Barns, I and Kennealy, S and Davison, AG, Public attitudes to gene technology: the case of the MacGregor's tomato, Public Understanding of Science, 6, (2) pp. 167-183. ISSN 0963-6625 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1088/0963-6625/6/2/004


This paper reports the pilot phase of a three-year project, 'Public perceptions of biotechnology', conducted in Perth, Western Australia. The purposes of this pilot investigation were (1) to develop a computer-based method for investigating public perceptions of biotechnology, and (2) to report the perceptions of four 'interested publics' about the Flavr Savr™/MacGregor's® tomato, a genetically engineered tomato. By 'interested publics' we mean members of groups who are not experts in the field, but have an interest because of their membership of the group. We developed a computer-based database of information about this tomato to stimulate, in interviews, respondents' articulation of their knowledge and perceptions of biotechnology. The database was a multimedia package, based on a HyperCard stack on a Macintosh PowerBook 180C, with information about the tomato in ten different categories. The data suggest that our methodology has the potential to provide a fruitful approach to exploring the background knowledges and perceptions of different publics. © 1997 IOP Publishing Ltd and The Science Museum.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History and philosophy of engineering and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:33254
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-07-06
Last Modified:2005-07-06

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