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Introducing the ‘gay gene’: media and scientific representations

January 11, 2011

From Public Understanding of Science 

There is an established link between genetics and male homosexuality, popularly dubbed the ‘gay gene’. This article examines the reporting of the ‘gay gene’ in the British press compared with scientific journals to illustrate the conflicts between science and the media, it attempts to suggest steps to improve the relationship to enable serious debate. Focusing on both homosexuality and science, it identifies not only the problem of representing science in the media, but also argues there is a need for a scientific understanding of the media and public to enable better public debate.


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