Public concern over genetic manipulation, Alexander Capron
Interviewee: Alexander Capron. Alexander Capron, a lawyer and specialist in bioethics, talks about how fear of Frankenstein captured the public fancy. (DNAi Location: Manipulation > Revolution > Players > The controversy > The Frankenstein factor)
I think what caught people's fancy was the notion that not only crops and chemicals in the laboratory could be manipulated but eventually you could have something a la Frankenstein's monster coming out of this. And indeed that Frankenstein factor as some people labeled it, accounted for a lot of the subsequent public debates and concerns.
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