Medicine And The Media


BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1366
  1. Andrew P Read

    Thanks to Steve Jones and Richard Dawkins, genetics gets good exposure on radio, television, and popular bookshelves. Having given us the Reith Lectures and a series of radio talks, Steve Jones now surfaces on TV as anchorman for six 50-minute programmes called In the Blood. The two and a half programmes I saw dealt with genetic predisposition to disease and crime.

    As usual on the telly, a little science covers a lot of film, spread thinly. Sometimes you wonder if the main purpose of making the programmes was to notch up the maximum possible air miles. But Jones is a wonderful communicator; the National Geographic-style shots of exotic places are pretty to look at, the music is soothing, and in between the travelogues and human interest stories our hero …

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