Mapping the human genome: An assessment of media coverage and public reaction

Ellen S. Tambor, Barbara A. Bernhardt, Joann Rodgers, Neil A. Holtzman, Gail Geller

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Purpose: To assess public reactions to the June 26, 2000, announcement that scientists had nearly finished mapping the human genome. Methods: We conducted a random-digit telephone survey of 407 Maryland residents as well as a content analysis of 55 relevant media reports. Results: African Americans were more likely than Caucasians to report a negative reaction (P < 0.001) to the genome announcement. Overall, privacy/discrimination (16%) and human cloning (14%) were the most commonly mentioned concerns regarding the impact of the genome mapping. Conclusions: These findings highlight the need for continued public discourse, including through the media, to address concerns regarding the Human Genome Project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002


  • Genetic education
  • Genetics
  • Human Genome Project
  • Mass media
  • Minority opinions
  • Public opinion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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