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COSTA, Sérgio Ibiapina Ferreira  and  DINIZ, Débora. Media, cloning, and bioethics. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.1, pp.155-162. ISSN 1678-4464.

This article was based on an analysis of three hundred articles from mainstream Brazilian periodicals over a period of eighteen months, beginning with the announcement of the Dolly case in February 1997. There were two main objectives: to outline the moral constants in the press associated with the possibility of cloning human beings and to identify some of the moral assumptions concerning scientific research with non-human animals that were published carelessly by the media. The authors conclude that there was a haphazard spread of fear concerning the cloning of human beings rather than an ethical debate on the issue, and that there is a serious gap between bioethical reflections and the Brazilian media.

Keywords : Cloning; Media; Periodicals; Bioethics; Ethics.

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