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dc.contributor.authorPorter, J-
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, C-
dc.contributor.authorWainwright, SP-
dc.contributor.authorCribb, A-
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-10T13:44:04Z-
dc.date.available2012-
dc.date.available2015-03-10T13:44:04Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationNew Genetics and Society, 31(4): 408 - 423, (2012)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1463-6778-
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2012.687138#abstract-
dc.identifier.urihttp://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/10373-
dc.description.abstractIn 2006, a small group of UK academic scientists made headlines when they proposed the creation of interspecies embryos – mixing human and animal genetic material. A public campaign was fought to mobilize support for the research. Drawing on interviews with the key scientists involved, this paper argues that engaging the public through communicating their ideas via the media can result in tensions between the necessity of, and inherent dangers in, scientists campaigning on controversial issues. Some scientists believed that communicating science had damaged their professional standing in the eyes of their peers, who, in turn, policed the boundaries around what they believed constituted a “good” scientist. Tensions between promoting “science” versus promotion of the “scientist”; engaging the public versus publishing peer-reviewed articles and winning grants; and building expectations versus overhyping the science reveal the difficult choices scientists in the modern world have to make over the potential gains and risks of communicating science. We conclude that although scientists' participation in public debates is often encouraged, the rewards of such engagement remain. Moreover, this participation can detrimentally affect scientists' careers.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Wellcome Trust Strategic Award (086034).en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Groupen_US
dc.subjectGood/ethical scientisten_US
dc.subjectInterspecies embryosen_US
dc.subjectPublic engagementen_US
dc.titleOn being a (modern) scientist: Potential risks of engaging the public in the UK interspecies embryo debateen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2012.687138-
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