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Genetically modified plants and human health

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, June 2008
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#25 of 1,970)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (91st percentile)

Mentioned by

news
10 news outlets
blogs
12 blogs
twitter
94 tweeters
facebook
26 Facebook pages
wikipedia
10 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
7 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor
video
5 video uploaders

Citations

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61 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
682 Mendeley
citeulike
1 CiteULike
Title
Genetically modified plants and human health
Published in
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, June 2008
DOI 10.1258/jrsm.2008.070372
Pubmed ID
Authors

Suzie Key, Julian K-C Ma, Pascal MW Drake

Abstract

Genetically modified (or GM) plants have attracted a large amount of media attention in recent years and continue to do so. Despite this, the general public remains largely unaware of what a GM plant actually is or what advantages and disadvantages the technology has to offer, particularly with regard to the range of applications for which they can be used. From the first generation of GM crops, two main areas of concern have emerged, namely risk to the environment and risk to human health. As GM plants are gradually being introduced into the European Union there is likely to be increasing public concern regarding potential health issues. Although it is now commonplace for the press to adopt 'health campaigns', the information they publish is often unreliable and unrepresentative of the available scientific evidence. We consider it important that the medical profession should be aware of the state of the art, and, as they are often the first port of call for a concerned patient, be in a position to provide an informed opinion. This review will examine how GM plants may impact on human health both directly - through applications targeted at nutrition and enhancement of recombinant medicine production - but also indirectly, through potential effects on the environment. Finally, it will examine the most important opposition currently facing the worldwide adoption of this technology: public opinion.

Twitter Demographics

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 <1%
United States 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Zimbabwe 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Vietnam 1 <1%
Other 10 1%
Unknown 658 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 295 43%
Student > Master 131 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 59 9%
Researcher 53 8%
Student > Postgraduate 32 5%
Other 54 8%
Unknown 58 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 215 32%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 115 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 60 9%
Engineering 31 5%
Environmental Science 31 5%
Other 152 22%
Unknown 78 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 251. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 January 2020.
All research outputs
#55,158
of 14,354,509 outputs
Outputs from Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
#25
of 1,970 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#251
of 121,488 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
#1
of 12 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 14,354,509 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 1,970 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 19.1. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 98% of its peers.
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