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Public Perceptions Regarding Genomic Technologies Applied to Breeding Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study

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School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Enhance International, The Bacchus, Elsdon, Newcastle upon Tyne NE19 1AA, UK
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Agricultural Marketing and Business, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, 515 General Services Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2H1, Canada
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BioTech 2021, 10(4), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/biotech10040028
Received: 8 April 2021 / Revised: 22 November 2021 / Accepted: 1 December 2021 / Published: 3 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biotechnology and Bioethics)
The societal acceptability of different applications of genomic technologies to animal production systems will determine whether their innovation trajectories will reach the commercialisation stage. Importantly, technological implementation and commercialisation trajectories, regulation, and policy development need to take account of public priorities and attitudes. More effective co-production practices will ensure the application of genomic technologies to animals aligns with public priorities and are acceptable to society. Consumer rejection of, and limited demand for, animal products developed using novel genomic technologies will determine whether they are integration into the food system. However, little is known about whether genomic technologies that accelerate breeding but do not introduce cross-species genetic changes are more acceptable to consumers than those that do. Five focus groups, held in the north east of England, were used to explore the perceptions of, and attitudes towards, the use of genomic technologies in breeding farm animals for the human food supply chain. Overall, study participants were more positive towards genomic technologies applied to promote animal welfare (e.g., improved disease resistance), environmental sustainability, and human health. Animal “disenhancement” was viewed negatively and increased food production alone was not perceived as a potential benefit. In comparison to gene editing, research participants were most negative about genetic modification and the application of gene drives, independent of the benefits delivered. View Full-Text
Keywords: breeding; ethics; farm animals; focus groups; genomics; public attitudes breeding; ethics; farm animals; focus groups; genomics; public attitudes
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Naab, F.Z.; Coles, D.; Goddard, E.; Frewer, L.J. Public Perceptions Regarding Genomic Technologies Applied to Breeding Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study. BioTech 2021, 10, 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/biotech10040028

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Naab FZ, Coles D, Goddard E, Frewer LJ. Public Perceptions Regarding Genomic Technologies Applied to Breeding Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study. BioTech. 2021; 10(4):28. https://doi.org/10.3390/biotech10040028

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Naab, Francis Z., David Coles, Ellen Goddard, and Lynn J. Frewer. 2021. "Public Perceptions Regarding Genomic Technologies Applied to Breeding Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study" BioTech 10, no. 4: 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/biotech10040028

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