Scientist Irene Tracey has been the focus of considerable, and unexpected, legal attention in recent months, as her work on the imaging of the brain's pain receptors brought a steady flow of lawyers to her Oxford University laboratory.

Each has put a similar question: can she show that litigants suing employers over industrial injuries are lying when they say they are in constant pain?
'So far we have said no, we are not ready to carry out such tests. But in a couple of years we will be ready to answer those questions,' Dr Tracey told The Observer .

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