Medicine And The Media

PRESS RELEASE OF THE WEEK

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.67a (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:67
  1. Patricia MacNair

    “Major genetic breakthrough for Noonan syndrome”

    Apress release from the Birth Defects Foundation on 30 November 1994 anounced a “major genetic break-through for Noonan syndrome.” The announcement, which covered the successful mapping of the gene for Noonan syndrome and other related syndromes, continued, “An 18 year personal odyssey by a British housewife has lead to a major breakthrough in medical science which offers hope for the future for thousands of parents around the world.” The release resulted in widespread coverage in local and national newspapers and on television and radio.

    The press release itself contained no direct explanation as to why mapping …

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