Shock horrors or sound science?

17 September 2009
By Zoë Corbyn

After defending science reporting against Goldacre’s ‘unremitting focus’ on missteps, Drayson promises to look into tales of misrepresentation. Zoë Corbyn reports

Has the state of science reporting in Britain improved or is the era of MMR scare stories far from over?

That was the question addressed by Lord Drayson, the Science Minister, and Ben Goldacre, the author and columnist, as they went head to head last night in a debate sponsored by Times Higher Education.