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Boffin Tim Hunt says sorry for his 'trouble with girls' jibe

By David Hughes

A Nobel laureate has apologised for any offence caused by comments about the "trouble with girls" involved in science.

Sir Tim Hunt, who was awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2001, insisted his comments had been intended as a joke.

He reportedly told the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea: "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry."

The Royal Society distanced itself from Sir Tim's comments, which sparked a backlash online.

Sir Tim told the BBC his comments were meant to be humorous.

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