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A Grain of Truth: The Media, the Public, and Biotechnology / Edition 1
     

A Grain of Truth: The Media, the Public, and Biotechnology / Edition 1

by Susanna Hornig Priest
 

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ISBN-10: 0742509486

ISBN-13: 9780742509481

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

A Grain of Truth debunks the myth that growing public distrust of genetically modified organisms can be attributed to scientific illiteracy or sensationalistic news stories. Media coverage of these issues has been dominated by the spokespersons of industry—yet evidence of consumer uncertainty has been available all along. The roots of the controversy are

Overview

A Grain of Truth debunks the myth that growing public distrust of genetically modified organisms can be attributed to scientific illiteracy or sensationalistic news stories. Media coverage of these issues has been dominated by the spokespersons of industry—yet evidence of consumer uncertainty has been available all along. The roots of the controversy are visible in press coverage and public opinion polls over the past decade, covering everything from the manufacture of growth hormones used in dairy cows through the cloning of Dolly the sheep to the appearance of the so-called "terminator gene." Arguing neither for nor against genetic engineering and other forms of biotechnology, this book charges both media and industry with ignoring the concerns of the general public and encourages greater public debate over biotech and other such complex issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742509481
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Reinventing Milk Chapter 3 World Reaction Chapter 4 U.S. Public Opinion Emerges Chapter 5 U.S. Culture and the New Genetics Chapter 6 The Labeling Controversy and Public Perceptions of Risk Chapter 7 The Cloning Story Chapter 8 The Terminator Gene Chapter 9 Lessons and Directions

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