The recent protests in the UK over genetically modified wheat illustrate an important point, says The Observer's Will Hutton — it's time to take a Victorian attitude towards science and start trusting scientists again. Francis Bacon, "patron saint of the British Industrial Revolution," was a philosopher and a "crusading apostle for science," Hutton says.

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