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An experimental test utilizes a small subgroup, or sample, of a population. Statistical methods can summarize data from the sample—for instance, we can describe the average, also known as the mean, length of colds experienced by experimental and control groups. Statistical tests can then be used to extend the results from a sample to the entire population. When scientists conduct an experiment, they hypothesize that there is a true, underlying effect of their experimental treatment on the entire population.

That is, when one hypothesis has not been disproven through repeated testing and all reasonable alternative hypotheses have been eliminated, scientists accept that the well-supported hypothesis is, in a practical sense, true. “Truth” in science can therefore be deined as what we know and understand based on all currently available information. But scientists always leave open the possibility that what seems true now may someday be proven false. An effective way to test many hypotheses is through rigorous scientiic experiments.

A hypothesis that seems to be true because it has not been rejected by an initial test may be rejected later because of a different test. This is what happened to the hypothesis that vitamin C consumption reduces susceptibility to colds. The argument for the power of vitamin C was popularized in 1970 by Nobel Prize–winning chemist Linus Pauling. Pauling based his assertion—that large doses of vitamin C reduce the incidence of colds by as much as 45%— on the results of a few studies that had been published between the 1930s and 1970s.

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