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Chapter 19: Science Controversies: The Dynamics of Public Disputes in the United States

Science Controversies: The Dynamics of Public Disputes in the United States

Science controversies: The dynamics of public disputes in the United States
Dorothy Nelkin

IN 1976 animal rights activists picketed the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to block experiments that seemed to impose unnecessary cruelty and pain. A decade later protesters were trashing laboratories, stealing animals, and demanding on moral principles the end of all animal research. The controversy over animal research is but one of the many disputes over scientific developments and technological applications that have proliferated over the past 20 years. And like the animal rights protests, they have escalated their tactics and increased their demands. Antiabortionists succeeded in banning federal funds for research using the human fetus from 1981 to ...

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