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Narrating the first "three-parent baby": The initial press reactions from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico

González Santos, Sandra P., Stephens, Neil and Dimond, Rebecca 2018. Narrating the first "three-parent baby": The initial press reactions from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico. Science Communication 40 (4) , pp. 419-441. 10.1177/1075547018772312

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Abstract

In 2016, the New Scientist announced the birth and good health of the world’s first baby conceived using spindle nuclear transfer (SNT). The story was immediately circulated worldwide. In this article, we analyze 39 articles published within the first 48 hours of the announcement, in the Mexican, British, and U.S. press. These articles constitute the initial press reactions to the announcement, and as such, they offer a narrative ground on which SNT could thereafter be discussed. We argue that as a media event, the articles performed the task of rendering SNT, a “cultural novelty,” as culturally and technologically feasible.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1075-5470
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 March 2018
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 13:53
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111507

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