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Uncritical and Unbalanced Coverage of Synthetic Biology in the Nordic Press (2015)


Synthetic biology will probably have a high impact on a variety of fields, such as healthcare, environment, biofuels, agriculture, and so on. A driving theme in European research policy is the importance of maintaining public legitimacy and support. Media can influence public attitudes and are therefore an important object of study. Through qualitative content analysis, this study investigates the press coverage of synthetic biology in the major Nordic countries between 2009 and 2014. The press coverage was found to be event-driven and there were striking similarities between countries when it comes to framing, language use, and treated themes. Reporters showed a marked dependence on their sources, mainly scientists and stakeholders, who thus drives the media agenda. The media portrayal was very positive, with an optimistic look at future benefits and very little discussion of possible risks.

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Authors & Contributors
Johansson, Magnus
Myllyntaus, Timo
Massarani, Luisa
Sørensen, Henrik Kragh
Siegmund-Schultze, Reinhard
Wittkower, D. E.
Public Understanding of Science
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Science in Context
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Research in Philosophy and Technology
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Novus Forlag
Oxford University Press
Public understanding of science
Public opinion
Communication of scientific ideas
Science and politics
Methods of communication; media
Science and society
Scandinavia; Nordic countries
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
International Business Machines Corporation

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