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Erring on the side of caution

Two recent conferences illustrated the stifling influence of the all-pervasive risk factor on development 'We live longer, healthier and safer lives than ever before. Yet society is becoming more and more anxious about exaggerated risks, about everything from SARS to bioterrorism to transport safety. Why? , ' asked spiked conference convenor Helene Guldberg, introducing one of two distinct conferences on the subject of risk and the precautionary principle at the august seat of learning ...

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