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Scientists will find it's worth making the effort to explain what they're doing to the public, says Elizabeth J. Tait of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, in this letter to Nature.

She argues that effective science communication requires a jack-of-all-tradesmanship uncommon in other, more specialised fields.

Scientists, press officers and science writer and editors must work together to make science more accessible and more highly valued by the people it informs and serves, she says.

Source: Nature 417, 221 (2002)

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Communication should not be left to the scientists, 4 April 2002

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