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Jul 04, 2012, 01.12 PM IST | Source: Reuters

CERN scientists discover new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson

SCIENCE-HIGGS-CERN:CERN scientists discover new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson

By Chris Wickham

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research centre have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to be crucial in the formation of the universe.

"I can confirm that a particle has been discovered that is consistent with the Higgs boson theory," said John Womersley, chief executive of the UK's Science & Technology Facilities Council, at an event in London.

Joe Incandela, spokesman for one of the two teams hunting for the Higgs particle told an audience at CERN near Geneva: "This is a preliminary result, but we think it's very strong and very solid." (Editing by Robert Evans)

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