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Science in the service of citizens and consumers

A new approach to public knowledge of science focuses on what the public want to know rather than what scientists think they should know. Chris Toumey reports.

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This article (and the workshop described in it) benefitted from the expertise and the professionalism of John Besley, Meg Blanchard, Mark Brown, Michael Cobb, Elaine Howard Ecklund, Margaret Glass, Tom Guterbock, A. Eamonn Kelly and Bruce Lewenstein.

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Toumey, C. Science in the service of citizens and consumers. Nature Nanotech 6, 3–4 (2011).

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