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Table 3 Items in the GTQ and their corresponding contrast items

From: The genetic technologies questionnaire: lay judgments about genetic technologies align with ethical theory, are coherent, and predict behaviour

GTQ CTQ
Genetic testing to determine the risk of Down’s syndrome for an embryo in utero is… Ultrasound scans to determine the risk of Down’s syndrome for an embryo in utero are…
Prescribing genetic tests for healthy women in order to identify markers for breast cancer is … Prescribing x-ray tests for healthy women in order to identify early stages of breast cancer is …
Using genetic tests to determine if one carries markers for hereditary diseases before deciding to conceive a child is … Investigating one’s family history for signs of hereditary diseases before deciding to conceive a child is …
Performing genetic tests on consenting adult humans for medical research is … Performing clinical tests on consenting adult humans for medical research is …
Conducting harmless genetic tests on animals for scientific research is… Conducting harmless behavioural tests on animals for scientific research is…
Optimising the breeding of farm animals through genetic testing is… Optimising the breeding of farm animals through clinical testing is…
Performing invasive genetic tests on wild plants to monitor and conserve ecosystems is… Performing invasive biochemical tests on wild plants to monitor and conserve ecosystems is…
Genetic testing of crops to improve them for farming is… Selective breeding of crops to improve them for farming is …
Consider a patient with a hereditary disease who has a sibling with similar genes. For the doctor, informing the sibling of the patient’s disease despite privacy concerns is… Consider a patient who develops a disease from malnutrition and has a partner with similar eating habits. For the doctor, informing the partner of the patient’s disease despite privacy concerns is…
Supporting genetic testing despite privacy concerns is… Supporting data retention in telecommunication despite privacy concerns is…
For insurers, requesting genetic tests from healthy adults in order to assess their health risks is … For insurers, requesting medical screenings from healthy adults in order to assess their health risks is …
Using public health funds on expensive gene therapies is … Using public health funds on expensive chemotherapies is …
Taking into account the genetic profile of applicants with respect to genetic diseases when hiring a kindergarten teacher is… Taking into account the medical history of applicants when hiring a kindergarten teacher is…
Mitigating a criminal sentence due to the offender’s genetic predisposition is … Mitigating a criminal sentence due to the offender's problematic childhood is …
Using genome editing on consenting adults to enhance their cognitive performance is … Using neurochemical substances on consenting adults to enhance their cognitive performance is …
Changing the genomes of human embryos for medical research without destroying them is… Changing the cell membranes of human embryos for medical research without destroying them is…
Changing the genomes of human embryos to ensure they will not develop a fatal disease is … Using pre-implantation diagnostics on human embryos to ensure they will not develop a fatal disease is …
Genome editing of human adults to protect them against influenza is … Vaccinating human adults to protect them against influenza is …
Changing the genome of human embryos to ensure they will not get influenza is … Using vaccination on human embryos to ensure they will not get influenza is …
Using risky genome editing therapies for the medical treatment of cancer patients is … Using risky chemotherapies for the medical treatment of cancer patients is …
Testing for the risk of genome editing on consenting adults is … Testing for the risk of new chemotherapies on consenting adults is …
Using genome editing to enhance the cognitive development of human embryos in underprivileged families is … Using medical drugs to enhance the cognitive development of human embryos in underprivileged families is …
Changing the genome of farm animals in order to improve their wellbeing is … Changing the hormones of farm animals in order to improve their wellbeing is …
Editing the genome of farm animals to reduce costs without harming them is … Changing the hormone balance of farm animals to reduce costs without harming them is …
Editing the genome of crops in order to fight world poverty is … Using fertilisers and pesticides on crops in order to fight world poverty is …
Editing the genome of foods to improve their taste is … Adding artificial flavors to foods to improve their taste is …
Editing the genome of animals to make it possible for animal organs to be transplanted to humans is … Selectively breeding animals in order to make it possible for animal organs to be transplanted to humans is …
Editing the genome of crops to improve their nutritional value is… Cross-breeding crops to improve their nutritional value is…
Editing the genome of wild animals to make them immune against certain diseases is … Vaccinating wild animals to make them immune against certain diseases is …
Editing the genome of plants to improve crops for farming is… Selectively breeding plants to improve crops for farming is…
  1. Answers were given on a 6-point Likert scale ranging from (1) “morally bad” to (6) “morally good”. Italicized items are included in the GTQ20, bold items are included in the GTQ5