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August 5th, 2003

Scientists debate value of citizens' advisory panels

Scientists perform many wonders, but sometimes they scare the dickens out of people. Genetic tinkering, radioactive nuclear waste, cloning, embryonic stem cells, robots that reproduce themselves and other high-tech developments have stirred widespread distrust and alarm. To address such fears, the National Science Foundation, an arm of the federal government, is experimenting with a system of citizens' advisory panels that it hopes can help head off future eruptions.


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