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  1. August 29, 2014

    Trial and ebola: the drug and vaccine pipeline

    Ebola virus (Getty)   © Getty By Clive Cookson Research into Ebola drugs and vaccines had been chugging along at a fairly...

  2. August 28, 2014

    WHO warns 20,000 in west Africa at risk from Ebola

    More than 20,000 people in west Africa are at risk from the Ebola epidemic, according to a new assessment contained in a...

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  1. Combating Malaria

    Scientists say complacency is the biggest threat to the campaign against malaria. They...
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  1. August 10, 2014

    City folk find value in land of ‘The Archers’

    It is not just listeners to The Archers, the BBC’s everyday tale of farming folk, who are reeling as hard-eyed City...

  2. August 4, 2014

    Wellcome Trust buys Co-op farms in £249m deal

    The Co-operative Group has raised £249m by selling its farms business to the Wellcome Trust, the charitable foundation, as...

  3. August 1, 2014

    Peter Williams, administrator, 1925-2014

    When Peter Williams became director of the Wellcome Trust in 1965, it was an obscure UK charity spending £1m a year, mainly...

  4. August 1, 2014

    DNA project receives £300m investment boost

    Britain is aiming to become the world leader in medical DNA research, following a public-private agreement to invest a...

  5. July 2, 2014

    David Cameron calls for action to fight antibiotic resistance

    David Cameron has appointed former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill to lead a team of experts to spur the...

  6. June 20, 2014

    Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar

    It is a brilliant Saturday afternoon in north Oxford, with lilac spilling over the pavement beside the terraced house owned...

  7. June 16, 2014

    UK biotech groups’ rush to market injects sense of optimism

    Britain’s biotech sector has experienced more false dawns than most industries. But after a barren decade, a series of deals...

  8. June 1, 2014

    Saatchi to introduce bill on cancer experiments in Lords

    Doctors would have more freedom to use experimental treatments on patients suffering from cancer and other diseases under...

  9. May 9, 2014

    Political headwinds change for Pfizer chief

    When he flies into London on Monday for the second time in a fortnight, Ian Read, the chairman and chief executive of...

  10. May 9, 2014

    Science: Y-spy – a closer look at chromosomes

    Three scientific papers about the Y chromosome, which determines maleness in humans and most other mammals, should lay to...

  11. May 8, 2014

    Wellcome Trust raises ‘concerns’ over Pfizer bid for AstraZeneca

    Britain’s biggest medical research foundation has told the government it has “major concerns” over Pfizer’s £63bn offer for...

  12. April 25, 2014

    Race is on to find new treatments for malaria

    Mao Zedong may seem an unlikely hero of the battle against malaria. During his leadership of China in the 1960s,...

  13. April 14, 2014

    Stem cell blood set for UK human trials within three years

    Blood made from stem cells will be tested in patients within three years as the UK aims to be the first to succeed in a long...

  14. April 13, 2014

    Uncovering little investment gems among the shrunken heads

    Shrunken heads, Victorian anti-masturbation devices and Napoleon’s toothbrush are among the treasures on display at the...

  15. February 19, 2014

    Privacy fears spark delay to NHS database project

    It is a very 21st-century controversy. This week’s decision to postpone a giant NHS database drawn from millions of patient...

  16. January 30, 2014

    Privacy fears over NHS database in aid of medical research

    To advocates, it is a treasure trove of data that promises to advance medical science and improve the National Health...

  17. November 13, 2013

    Crisis response needs to be a science, not an art

    No one can fail to have been moved by the utter devastation this week in the Philippines. Flattened cities, parents cradling...

  18. November 8, 2013

    US biologist Randy Schekman on being a Nobel Prize winner

    For more than a decade, every time October came around, Professor Randy Schekman would be assured by his fellow scientists...

  19. September 12, 2013

    Vaccine offers fresh hope for central African ‘meningitis belt’

    Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating...

  20. August 2, 2013

    Wellcome Trust sells stake in Wonga

    The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s biggest charitable foundation, has sold its stake in Wonga days after the payday lender’s...

  21. June 7, 2013

    New visions of the human heart

    Imaging is transforming medical diagnostics, as newer scanning techniques reveal far more than traditional X-rays about what...

  22. May 7, 2013

    Giving is a must for successful founders

    The most insightful words about having a great fortune were written by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, one of the most...

  23. May 1, 2013

    Bird flu strain poses serious threat to world health, say medics

    The new H7N9 bird flu virus, which has infected 126 people in China and killed 24 over the past month, poses a “serious”...

  24. April 2, 2013

    Quintain sells hotel stake at Wembley

    London property developer Quintain has sold a 50 per cent stake in its Wembley Hilton hotel to a company owned by US private...

  25. March 27, 2013

    New foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

    British scientists have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that they say could turn the tide against a...

  26. March 19, 2013

    Third of charity heads earn more than £200,000

    Almost a third of bosses of the top 100 charities are paid more than £200,000 a year and one is paid about £1m, according to...

  27. March 12, 2013

    Danone beats US rivals on nutrition index

    European food and drink producers led by Danone score higher on a new ranking of nutritious and affordable products than...

  28. January 20, 2013

    Universities back venture capital fund

    Three Scottish universities have agreed jointly to invest in a planned new £50m Edinburgh-based venture capital fund...

  29. December 19, 2012

    Wellcome eyes £3.5bn charity spending

    Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charity, aims to spend more than £3.5bn on charitable projects in the next five years,...

  30. November 28, 2012

    Quintain to sell a third of its iQ stake

    Quintain has launched the sale of part of its student housing business as the property group tries to raise capital for its...

  31. November 9, 2012

    Dr Harvey’s extraordinary discovery

    On May 18 1636, a 58-year-old Englishman walked into the anatomical theatre at the University of Altdorf in Bavaria, white...

  32. November 7, 2012

    Orbach ousted by Quarto shareholders

    Laurence Orbach, the 70-year-old academic and executive chairman of Quarto, has been deposed as a director of the publishing...

  33. November 6, 2012

    Overseas aid delay alarms diseases expert

    Some overseas aid programmes are being slowed in the first sign the government may be bowing to Conservative backbench...

  34. November 1, 2012

    Harwood steps up Quarto campaign

    Quarto’s trading update for the third quarter has been overshadowed by an increasingly bitter row between its board and...

  35. October 19, 2012

    Animal testing poll is ‘wake-up call’

    Britain’s biomedical research organisations have signed a declaration to be more open about their use of animals in...

  36. October 18, 2012

    Oxford investment chief criticises buyouts

    When the University of Oxford’s investment chief was invited to address private equity titans at one of the industry’s...

  37. October 14, 2012

    Midlands universities win R&D funding

    Two Midlands universities have been awarded funding under a £1bn government-backed scheme to promote research collaborations...

  38. June 29, 2012

    Walport to take over chief scientist role

    Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust since 2003, is to take over as government chief scientist next April. He...

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