Genetics and the media

O'Riordan, Kate (2015) Genetics and the media. In: Wright, James D (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition,. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 990-993. ISBN 9780080970868

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Abstract

Genetics and genomics have been made in the media in significant ways. From the new genetics of the mid-twentieth century, to the Human Genome Project of the 1980s and 1990s to the personal and public genome projects of the twenty-first century, the media has been central. The new genetics ushered in the icon of the double helix and the figure of the heroic genetic scientist. The late twentieth century saw the ascendance of the gene as a powerful cultural trope and the emergence of media genres such as gene-hunting stories and documentary and reality television genres became partners in genetic research. The media became the site of scrutiny and creative intervention in turn of the century anxieties about public engagement with science, and science institutions in turn became more involved in media making. The science–media relationship has seen another shift, from representation to interaction with genomics, and current social media structures are used to enroll publics and research subjects alike.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: genomics, genetics, media,
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Q Science
Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 09:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53715

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