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Is the cost of Cern justified?


Scientists at Cern will reveal the latest results from their two experiments searching for the Higgs Boson, but is Cern the model for the future of scientific discovery?

Dr Lucie Green, solar researcher at University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics and Dr Adam Rutherford, evolutionary biologist and science writer on Nature magazine, discuss whether major scientific discoveries can only be made with the backing of billions of pounds.

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