Exploring the Boundaries

This report sets out the findings from a public dialogue and nationally representative survey on attitudes to research involving Animals Containing Human Material (ACHM), which was conducted in May-August 2010 by a consortium led by Ipsos MORI.

This report sets out the findings from a public dialogue and nationally representative survey on attitudes to research involving Animals Containing Human Material (ACHM), which was conducted in May-August 2010 by a consortium led by Ipsos MORI.

The dialogue was commissioned by the Academy of Medical Sciences with support from the Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre (ERC) for public dialogue in science and innovation, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The dialogue comprised:

  1. Literature review of previously existing public opinion research. 
  2. Two groups in London and Newcastle, of 21-22 members of the public, in two day-long dialogue sessions each; involving discussions with facilitators and scientists. 
  3. Three additional groups with a) people with some experience of serious health problems, b) those for whom animal welfare was important, and c) those for whom religious belief was important. 
  4. Follow-up in-depth interviews among 20 of the above participants. 
  5. Nationally representative survey of 1,046 members of the general public.

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