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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Social Media Meet Science Hype

Social Media Meet Science Hype

(p.139) Dialogue 20 Social Media Meet Science Hype
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin is having a conversation with medical anthropologist Ann Cummings of the University of New South Wales and stem cell biologist Bretton Salisbury of Duke University about the role of hype in science that is created by social media. The issues they discuss include the media's enormous leap from stem cells to organ transplants; whether scientists contribute to the process of gross extrapolation from discovery to cures; the excitement and the hype around human gene therapy; the role of public relations in science; the exaggerated and premature claims about stem cells and stem cell tourism; the excitement over angiogenesis; and the pros and cons of hype in science.

Keywords:   social media hype, science, stem cells, organ transplants, scientists, gene therapy, public relations, stem cell tourism, angiogenesis

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