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    1. August 18, 2016

      The value of local lessons in tackling global killer diseases

      The outbreak of the Zika virus has become an issue of global concern. And rightly so: such communicable diseases must...

    2. July 28, 2016

      Africans a shadow of their former selves

      A widely reported study of height published this week was largely seen as sign of humanity’s progress over the past...

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      Patenting has never been more popular. Applications have reached record levels at the ...
    2. Combating Cancer

      We consider the latest in cell therapy and efforts to arm the immune system in the fig...
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    1. June 20, 2016

      European diesel car sales hit by VW scandal

      Standing before shareholders in Ingolstadt last month, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler bore unfortunate news. “The...

    2. June 17, 2016

      A guide to naming plants, planets and a bug called Beyoncé

      Moscow is on the brink of making historic gains across international territory. The flag-planting is, fortunately, not...

    3. June 8, 2016

      Olympic champion Greg Rutherford freezes sperm on Zika virus fears

      Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has had his sperm frozen in response to fears of the Zika virus before the...

    4. June 6, 2016

      Brussels threatens to eradicate weed killer sold by Monsanto

      The EU risks a legal showdown with agrichemical group Monsanto and farming unions after leading member states on Monday...

    5. June 2, 2016

      Tobacco looks to gain in developing world despite cancer

      Less than a decade ago in the UK, it was possible to smoke in pubs and restaurants as much as you liked. Go back just a...

    6. May 28, 2016

      WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

      LONDON, May 28 — The World Health Organisation has rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed...

    7. May 25, 2016

      Bayer courts environmental bogeyman

      Two nightmarish scarecrows stand against a leaden sky. One with a skull for a face holds a spray can with the word...

    8. May 21, 2016

      World Bank launches pandemic risk insurance market

      New diseases such as Ebola will automatically trigger a $500m fund to fight back after the World Bank launched the...

    9. May 12, 2016

      Air pollution hits ‘catastrophic’ levels

      Air pollution is climbing at an alarming rate around the world and has reached “catastrophic” levels in some cities,...

    10. April 25, 2016

      Migrant camp measles outbreaks spark fears of health crisis

      The sun is falling over the Grande-Synthe migrant and refugee camp in a suburb of Dunkirk in northern France. Omar,...

    11. April 25, 2016

      Global health scares spur scientific innovation

      It was just a few months ago that the Zika virus was declared a global health threat, but already there are five...

    12. April 25, 2016

      Race for universal flu vaccine gathers pace

      Every year millions of people head to their doctors’ surgeries to roll up their sleeves and receive their annual flu...

    13. April 24, 2016

      Africa’s anti-malaria net makers face tough market

      Logic would suggest that A to Z Textile Mills is a company in the right place at the right time. This family-owned...

    14. April 24, 2016

      WHO stays positive as dose of reality hits malaria vaccine hopes

      It should be a time for optimism among those engaged in the fight against malaria. Incidence of the disease fell 37 per...

    15. April 24, 2016

      Industry wants WHO to speed malaria testing regime

      Hilary Ranson is concerned about data that defy the longstanding trend in Africa that the use of insecticide-treated...

    16. April 15, 2016

      Sanofi wins WHO support for dengue fever vaccine

      Sanofi has won backing from World Health Organisation experts for its dengue fever vaccine, providing an important...

    17. April 14, 2016

      China to punish officials in vaccine scandal

      Hundreds of Chinese officials are to be sacked or demoted for their part in a vaccine scandal that has added to...

    18. April 10, 2016

      ‘Systemic’ antibiotics crisis troubles big investors

      Big investors managing $1tn of assets have called on the world’s largest food companies to end the excessive use of...

    19. April 8, 2016

      Ebola’s effect on Liberia: ‘Everyone was in a state of confusion’

      Countries often reveal themselves in a crisis. The outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, which killed nearly 5,000 people and...

    20. March 30, 2016

      Three births: a global investigation into maternal health and child mortality 

      The day a baby is born in the developing world will be the most dangerous of its life — and can be just as perilous for...

    21. March 29, 2016

      WHO urges China to build trust in vaccines after safety scandal

      The World Health Organisation has warned that a scandal involving the resale of expired or spoiled vaccines in China...

    22. March 18, 2016

      Nudge, nudge! How the sugar tax will help British diets

      George Osborne’s Budget on Wednesday was a noisy hour of jeers and cheers punctuated by a notable moment of quiet. The...

    23. March 7, 2016

      WHO chief wants help for drug industry to fight global pandemics

      Pharmaceuticals companies cannot be expected to keep picking up the bill for tackling global pandemics, the head of the...

    24. February 12, 2016

      Zika epidemic prompts pharma rush to develop vaccine

      The global pharmaceutical and bioscience industry has responded swiftly to the Zika epidemic, with 15 companies...

    25. February 8, 2016

      Obama asks Congress for $1.8bn to battle Zika virus

      The White House is asking Congress for $1.8bn to help combat the Zika virus in the US and overseas as alarm grows over...

    26. February 8, 2016

      The hidden workplace skills of those with dyspraxia

      When she returned from the summer break last year, British politician Emma Lewell-Buck searched in vain for her office....

    27. February 5, 2016

      Zika virus threatens Brazil’s Olympic boost

      For Paulo Guerra, the managing director of the Osler laboratory in Brazil, it was a Saturday he will never forget. On...

    28. February 4, 2016

      Spain confirms Europe’s first Zika virus case in pregnant woman

      Spain on Thursday became the first European country to confirm the Zika virus in a pregnant woman — a milestone in the...

    29. February 2, 2016

      Sanofi leads hunt for Zika vaccine

      Sanofi is ready to take a leading role in the hunt for a vaccine to combat Zika virus after it became the first...

    30. February 1, 2016

      Zika declared a global emergency by WHO

      Zika has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation as the number of suspected birth defects...

    31. Fast FT

      February 1, 2016

      WHO declares Zika virus a global health emergency

      Zika has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation as the number of suspected birth defects...

    32. February 1, 2016

      Zika virus shows that fear is more contagious than any infection

      The rapid spread of the Zika virus powerfully demonstrates the threat posed by infectious disease crises. The Ebola...

    33. January 31, 2016

      WHO is right to move swiftly to tackle Zika

      As the Ebola epidemic fizzles out in west Africa, after killing more than 11,000 people, international alarms are...

    34. January 29, 2016

      Zika virus: Latin America’s ills compound crisis

      Isla de León, a slum on the outskirts of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is a lesson in how to manufacture and...

    35. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Cruise operators, airlines hit as Zika worries rise

      The Zika virus, a mosquito born disease that has caused alarm for travellers visiting tropical South American...

    36. January 28, 2016

      Zika virus: WHO warns large parts of the world at risk

      Large swaths of the tropical and subtropical world are at risk of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation has...

    37. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Zika virus 'spreading explosively' - WHO

      The Zika virus, which has been associated with an increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads, is...

    38. Fast FT

      January 27, 2016

      FirstFT - The neurologist who hacked his brain

      Here’s a taste of today’s FirstFT email. You can sign up to receive it here. The Zika virus: an explainer The...

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