Science Communication with the Public: A Cross-Cultural Event

  • G. S. Aikenhead
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 14)


Scientist denies cancer cure quote May 8, 1998.

NEW YORK (AP) Nobel laureate James Watson denies telling a reporter a researcher whose experiments have rid mice of malignant tumors ‘is going to cure cancer in two years.’

Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, was quoted as having made that prediction in a front-page story in Sunday’s New York Times…

Watson, in a letter to the editor published in Thursday’s Times, said he told Times science writer Gina Kolata at a dinner party six weeks ago that the drugs, endostatin and angiostatin, ‘should be in the National Cancer Institute trials by the end of this year and that we would know, about one year after that, whether they were effective.’

Times spokesperson, Lisa Carparelli said, ‘We’re confident of the story we ran and don’t wish to be in a position of quarrelling with a respected source and authority. We’re glad we were able to let Dr. Watson further explain his view.’


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  • G. S. Aikenhead
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  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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