Holly Large is a second-year PhD student in the Wellcome Trust’s Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Leicester. After taking an interest in science communication during her undergraduate degree, Holly worked as an editorial assistant for online science news publication Technology Networks, before beginning her doctoral training in 2020. Her project aims to analyse UK broadcast media representations of cancer genomics and personalised medicine.
Emma Sewell graduated from the University of Leicester in 2020, with a first-class degree in Medical Physiology. Her dissertation involved researching the representation of cardiovascular disease on television, using TRILT and BoB. Since lockdown, she has focused on writing fantasy novels and is currently about 700,000 words into the project.
Chris Willmott is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester and the Director of SciComm Solutions Ltd. His research interests focus particularly on the ethical implications of developments in Biomedicine, and on the representation of Science in Broadcast media.
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The authors are grateful to Marianne Open, Sergio Angelini and Sandy Willmott for useful comments on the manuscript, and to TJ Ragan for insightful suggestions about the future development of this work.
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