"The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life,
but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line."
It is important to be aware that the way the media presents an issue does not automatically reflect the true nature of the issue - you must be wary of what you read!
In the field of Synthetic Biology, and indeed in all scientific fields, there are different media streams by which ideas or issues are reported. Academic media (such as peer-reviewed Journals) are targeted toward scientists, and are often written in technical language. This can make these papers difficult to interpret for the lay-person. Additionally, published papers usually reviewed by peers before publication. Often conclusions made in papers show ‘correlations’ that may be misinterpreted by popular media to mean absolute causation.
The reporting of a story by the popular media needs to be critically evaluated and not blindly accepted. Popular sources such as the news and internet blogs present scientific discoveries in easy-to-consume formats, and may lose meaning during translation. Additionally, you must always consider the personal agenda of the writer.