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Science and journalism's 'conflict over truth'

Scientists often complain that journalists - in search of attention-grabbing headlines - misrepresent their work through simplification and exaggeration.

Journalists often complain that scientists are unwilling to explain what they do to the public.

The Today programme's guest editor this morning - the president of The Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse - wants to bridge that gap, so he took presenter John Humphrys on a tour of his lab at Cancer Research UK to see science in action.

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