Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2000000100016.
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.