Human Exceptionalism

Confused Thinking?

I don’t get it. Rick Weiss of the Washington Post has written that people remain wary of eating genetically altered food. Many want nothing to do with meat or milk from cloned animals. Yet, majorities of people would willingly have cells created from embryonic stem cells taken from other human organisms injected into their bodies? This seems like a tremondous disconnect to me. Perhaps it is because genetically altered foods have faced appropriately skeptical media reporting, unlike ESCR.

Still, the people have figured something important out. When asked who they trust most to tell them the truth about GM foods and related issue, the media came in dead last, with only an 11% trust rating. Again, note the disconnect. If people were equally skeptical about media coverage of ESCR and cloning, proponents of ethical biotechnology might be doing better.


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