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Title: Frankenstein 2.0: Identifying and characterizing synthetic biology engineers in science fiction films
Authors: Meyer, Angela 
Cserer, Amelie 
Schmidt, Markus 
Keywords: Synthetic Biology;Science Fiction Film
Issue Date: 7-Mar-2013
Publisher: Springer
Source: Life Sciences, Society and Policy, 9(9), 1-17
Journal: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 
Abstract: Synthetic biology (SB) has emerged as one of the newest and promising areas of bio-technology. Issues typically associated to SB, notably in the media, like the idea of artificial life creation and "real" engineering of life also appear in many popular films. Drawing upon the analysis of 48 films, the article discusses how scientists applying technologies that can be related to SB are represented in these movies. It hereby discusses that traditional clichés of scientists in general tend to be sublated by new stereotypical characterizations. These reflect real trends in bio-technological research such as SB, especially the increased relationship between science and industry. Frankenstein 2.0 looks less like the old, genius yet mad scientist, and follows a more entrepreneurial than academic spirit.
ISSN: 2195-7819
DOI: 10.1186/2195-7819-9-9
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Wirtschaft (mit Schwerpunkt Zentral-Osteuropa)

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