Biotechnology and the popular press: hype and the selling of science

Trends Biotechnol. 2004 Jul;22(7):337-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2004.03.014.


The popular media has emerged as an important source of scientific information. It has been suggested that the portrayal of genetics by the media is often inaccurate--a phenomenon branded 'genohype'--and, as a result, is having an adverse impact on public understanding and policy development. However, emerging data suggest that, in some circumstances, the media reporting of science is surprisingly accurate and portrays a message created by the scientific community. As such, there are reasons to believe that the hyping of research results might be part of a more systemic problem associated with the increasingly commercial nature of the research environment.

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Biotechnology / trends
  • Communications Media / statistics & numerical data
  • Communications Media / trends
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Marketing / methods*
  • Marketing / statistics & numerical data
  • Marketing / trends
  • Mass Media / statistics & numerical data
  • Mass Media / trends*
  • Public Opinion*
  • Publication Bias
  • Science / methods*
  • Science / trends
  • Truth Disclosure*
  • United States