Communicating Synthetic Biology: How the Media Covers Emerging Technology
From Neanderthal clones to cheap vaccines, the emerging field of synthetic biology has garnered much mainstream press coverage in recent years – and found itself at the center of a hot debate about our expectations for biotechnology.
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Please join us Feb. 26, 2013, to learn more about how the press covers synthetic biology in the United States and Europe, how this has changed as the field has grown and what it could mean for widespread public acceptance of the technology. Our panel of journalism and public policy experts will explore these issues and discuss the results of a new report, Trends in American and European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology: 2008 – 2011. The report builds on the project’s earlier study of press coverage of synthetic biology between 2003 and 2008.
The event will also be a unique opportunity to discuss more in depth what makes for quality science journalism and explore how media narratives and imagery effect public perception of any new technology or scientific research.
Image courtesy of Harless Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Former Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Formerly European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development, Directorate on Science, Economy and Society
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