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Bad copies. How popular media represent cloning as an ethical problem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9589288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The media, perhaps more than any other slice of culture, influence what we think and talk about, what we take to be important, what we worry about. And this was especially true when news of Dolly hit the airwaves and newstands. Most Americans received training in the ethics of cloning before they knew what cloning was. Media coverage fixed the content and outline of the public moral debate, both revealing and creating the dominant public worries about cloning humans. The primary characterization of cloning as an ethical issue centers around three connected concerns: the loss of human uniqueness and individuality, the pathological motivations of a cloner, and the fear of out-of-control scientists.
P D Hopkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Hastings Center report     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0093-0334     ISO Abbreviation:  Hastings Cent Rep     Publication Date:    1998 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-30     Completed Date:  1998-07-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410447     Medline TA:  Hastings Cent Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-13     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
University of Colorado, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cloning, Organism*
Ethics, Medical*
Genetic Determinism
Genetics, Behavioral
Human Rights
Mass Media*
Public Opinion
United States

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