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Bioethics in popular science: evaluating the media impact of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the biobank debate

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Ethics, February 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#26 of 702)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
2 news outlets
blogs
4 blogs
twitter
22 tweeters
googleplus
1 Google+ user

Citations

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16 Dimensions

Readers on

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110 Mendeley
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Title
Bioethics in popular science: evaluating the media impact of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the biobank debate
Published in
BMC Medical Ethics, February 2013
DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-14-10
Pubmed ID
Authors

Matthew C Nisbet, Declan Fahy

Abstract

The global expansion of biobanks has led to a range of bioethical concerns related to consent, privacy, control, ownership, and disclosure. As an opportunity to engage broader audiences on these concerns, bioethicists have welcomed the commercial success of Rebecca Skloot's 2010 bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. To assess the impact of the book on discussion within the media and popular culture more generally, we systematically analyzed the ethics-related themes emphasized in reviews and articles about the book, and in interviews and profiles of Skloot.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 3%
Belgium 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 102 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 19%
Student > Bachelor 16 15%
Researcher 16 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 11%
Student > Postgraduate 7 6%
Other 24 22%
Unknown 14 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 19%
Social Sciences 13 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 5%
Psychology 5 5%
Other 23 21%
Unknown 16 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 57. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 October 2018.
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#396,833
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Outputs from BMC Medical Ethics
#26
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