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Sense about Science launches evidence website

A campaign group that aims to make organisations and individuals substantiate any scientific claims that they make, has launched an interactive website to help people get involved by posting queries.

The Ask for Evidence Online website went live on 3 November. It features examples of questions posed, a standard form to enable people to pose questions themselves, and a list highlighting organisations and people who have failed to respond adequately to questions they have been asked. 

Chris Peters, scientific liaison at Sense About Science, said that the launch of the website should put everyone making a claim on notice that they might be asked for evidence to support that claim. “Anyone who wants us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products should expect us as voters, consumers, patients and citizens to ask for evidence.”

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