For British Red Cross, describe their aim and political agenda. Also consider how this group may influence science, either positively or negatively?

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The British Red Cross is a charitable organization that is aimed at helping "people in crisis."  They try to help people harmed by natural disasters and those who have been forced to become refugees.  They also try to work on specific public health issues, especially overseas.

Like any advocacy group,...

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The British Red Cross is a charitable organization that is aimed at helping "people in crisis."  They try to help people harmed by natural disasters and those who have been forced to become refugees.  They also try to work on specific public health issues, especially overseas.

Like any advocacy group, the Red Cross can mainly affect science through its ability to affect what scientists study.  For example, the British Red Cross focusses to some extent on AIDS in its international efforts.  The publicity of such a focus can encourage more scientists to focus on AIDS.  This is most likely to be seen as positive, although you can argue that it promotes a focus on specific issues that attract the Red Cross and causes others to be ignored.

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