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Uncritical and unbalanced coverage of synthetic biology in the Nordic press
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5748-0672
Abo Akad Univ, Theol Eth & Philosophy Relig, Turku, Finland..
Abo Akad Univ, Theol Eth & Philosophy Relig, Turku, Finland..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7486-4678
2017 (English)In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 26, no 2, 235-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 26, no 2, 235-250 p.
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media representations, public participation, science attitudes and perceptions, science communication, synthetic biology
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265105DOI: 10.1177/0963662515609834ISI: 000399565500009PubMedID: 26481730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265105DiVA: diva2:862501
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Synthetic Biology: media portrayal and public understanding
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The first two authors are the first co-authors and have contributed equally.

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