Biohype Bibliography


On this page, we’re collecting a growing number of links of articles about biohype, which:

may be described as “a phenomenon in which there is a gap between the expectations associated with the development of a genetically derived technology/field of research and the practical applications that may realistically result from it” (Stenne, Hurlimann, Godard, 2012). Biohype occurs when the anticipated and claimed benefits of a developing field of science are unrealistic, overstated, exaggerated or premature, in the view of the data and knowledge that has been gathered.

That excerpt is lifted from the website of the OMICS-ETHICS Research Group at the Bioethics Programs, University of Montreal. This screenshot from their website outlines some of their research topics.

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Michael Joyner 400x600The following list was inspired by Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic, who tweets about biohype as @DrMJoyner.  He will help us build this list over time.  It should help journalists working on biotech stories, and it should help interested consumers to become smarter consumers. Any opinions expressed by Dr. Joyner are his own.

Biohype may take many different forms, so we’ll try to lump our links into categories.

Things Joyner has written: 

Medical/science journal manuscripts somehow related to biohype: 

Journalism or newspaper opinion pieces touching on biohype: 

More to come.  We welcome your nominations for this list; send to


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