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Jon Turney argued against a code of practice for media coverage of science.
Department of materials science and engineering University of Bath
Could it be that such a code would suit the business corporations, enabling them to prosecute individuals and publications that publish commentary detrimental to their commercial interests, unless it could be "proved" scientifically? Imagine the use the tobacco industry could make of such a code. Against the harshest criteria of scientific proof, it might still not be possible to say that smoking damages health.
Professor of sociology
If science journalists applied the same investigative zeal to scientific claims as political journalists normally apply to political claims, the result would be a code of practice worthy of adoption. No political journalist would limit their inquiries to people deemed "credible" by the Labour Party.
Reg Jordan argued that medical students should study unorthodox medicine
Professor of academic innovation
Prince Charles, a former president of the British Medical Association, once remarked that today's alternative approach is tomorrow's orthodoxy. And with higher education institutions in Britain now offering programmes in homeopathy, acupuncture and manipulative therapies, our 26 formal medical schools no longer have any monopoly of excellence in medical education. Successful academic innovation is all about pushing at the boundaries.