School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


PEGASUS ‘Public Perception of Genetically modified Animals - Science, Utility and Society’

The objective of PEGASUS is to identify the pros and cons for future policy regarding GM animals, together with the foods and pharmaceutical products derived from them. The aim of PEGASUS is:

These outcomes will contribute to and inform the EU’s current work to further development the Knowledge Based Bio Economy (KBBE) and contribute to obtainment of its strategic objectives.

The specific aims of the PEGASUS project are:  

The PEGASUS project is delivered through 8 interrelated work packages:



Public perception of transgenic animals and food



Foresight of genetic modification animal technology developments



Production chain context



Life science dimension



Ethical Issues: Analysis of stakeholders positions and ethical judgments



Policy implementation and development



Public engagement




Professor Lynn Frewer (Food and Society Group, CRE/AFRD) is responsible for the overall coordination of the PEGASUS project and is leader of work package one ‘Public perception of transgenic animals and food’. Work package one focuses on the creation of an

inventory and data base of existing knowledge on the public perception of GM animals.

The overall objective of this work package is to integrate national and European data on consumer perceptions associated with genetic modification of animals (both aquatic and terrestrial species) and food derived from them, in order to:



provide greater insight into public perceptions of GM animals


identify emerging issues that need to be addressed in further studies.