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date: 06 December 2019

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How we can best communicate about science within ever-shifting political, scientific and political landscapes is an empirical question. And how we can best involve the public and stakeholders in deliberation about complex and ethically fraught science is an open one that science communication is only beginning to answer. The importance of finding answers, however, is magnified by increasingly polarized political environments in countries like the US, the consequential nature of the scientific matters on the horizon, and the speed with which technologies, such as CRISPR, lead to societal applications and implications. Developing approaches to science communication that are effective within these broader political environments will be crucially important for enabling policy debates and decisions that are based on the best available science and responsible innovation for technologies that is coordinated across national boundaries.

Keywords: decision-making, science communication, cross national, political polarization, CRISPR

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