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Table 2 Percentage of articles featuring major/minor emphasis on ethical theme

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

Theme Consent Welfare Compensation Progress Control
Major      
% 39.2 18.4 19.2 8.0 4.8
N 49 23 24 10 6
Minor      
% 44.8 36.0 52.8 26.4 18.4
N 56 45 66 33 23
Absent      
% 16.0 45.6 28.0 65.6 76.8
N 20 57 35 82 96
Theme Accountability Privacy Education Advocacy  
Major      
% -- .08 1.6 0.8  
N -- 1 2 1  
Minor      
% 26.4 12.8 6.4 4.0  
N 33 16 8 5  
Absent      
% 73.6 86.4 92.0 95.2  
N 92 108 115 119  
  1. Note: Analysis based on coding of population of 125 articles. Each theme or frame of reference was coded as “not present = 0,” “present = 1,” or “outstanding focus/appearing in the lede/headline” of the article/transcript = 2. Analysis of population of relevant articles, so all differences are significant. Some cells may not total 100 due to rounding.