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‘Crispr’ gene tech a game changer? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 8th, 2013.

The current front page of UK newspaper The Independent sports an article headlined ‘The Next Genetic Revolution’, exclusively detailing  ‘Crispr’ – a novel technique for editing DNA. This technique, according to the article, could be the key step in developing cures for AIDS, cancer and inherited disorders. But do the facts back up the hype? The […]

Sick of medical spin? Don’t just blame the media

John Kerr posted in on September 13th, 2012.

By Charis Palmer, The Conversation The “spin” sometimes found in media reports emphasising the benefits of new medical treatments has more to do with the abstracts of studies published in scientific journals than misrepresentation by the media, according to a new French study. In a study of 70 press releases relating to the results of […]

Fiona Fox: Media meltdown over nuclear threat

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 24th, 2011.

The UK Science Media Centre’s Director Fiona Fox has published a lengthy blog post summing up the international media’s response to the crisis in Japan. In the post, she lays out arguments against the suspicion some journalists and editors voiced — namely, that scientists with ties to the nuclear industry have a vested interest in […]

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