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      Breast cancer test raises hope chemotherapy can be avoided

      More than a hundred thousand women diagnosed with breast cancer in Europe and the US each year could avoid chemotherapy...

    2. August 23, 2016

      Post-holiday guilt and the risk of marginal weight gains

      We have all had the experience of returning home from a wonderful holiday abroad only to find that our trousers no...

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      Patenting has never been more popular. Applications have reached record levels at the ...
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    1. August 21, 2016

      Pharmaceuticals: Staying power

      It was October of last year and the pharmaceuticals industry was firefighting an explosion set off by Martin Shkreli,...

    2. August 18, 2016

      The rise of personalised medicine

      Long ago, as an overstretched twentysomething, I had a mild bout of depression. Prozac was much in the news then, so I...

    3. August 15, 2016

      Britain’s laboratory doors must stay open

      Few sectors have as much at stake from Brexit as the UK’s science base. Indeed, it is fair to say that the country’s...

    4. August 13, 2016

      Centuries-old sharks hold the secret to a longer life

      There are Methuselahs among us. These aged wonders of the natural world do not stalk the earth but glide through Arctic...

    5. August 12, 2016

      Ivo Pitanguy, cosmetic surgeon, 1923-2016

      From his wheelchair, Ivo Pitanguy paraded the Olympic torch through Rio de Janeiro in the relay that preceded the Games...

    6. August 9, 2016

      Devices to warn of an unhealthy heart

      Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in the US and UK. Many people who suffer a heart attack...

    7. August 9, 2016

      A UK industrial strategy should build on experience

      Theresa May is drawing up plans to develop an industrial strategy for the UK and to change an “anything goes” business...

    8. August 4, 2016

      Herculean achievements of the new robotic limbs

      Perfectly honed bodies, controlled by perfectly composed minds, will tomorrow officially begin living the motto of the...

    9. August 2, 2016

      Bioelectronics offers a way to recharge medicine

      Four years ago two of the world’s more imaginative science-based companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Google, looked into the...

    10. August 2, 2016

      How technology habits have altered our minds

      I was shaving one Saturday morning with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Danny Baker Show playing in the background. It is a...

    11. August 1, 2016

      GSK teams up with Alphabet for bioelectronics venture

      GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with Alphabet, Google’s holding company, to treat disease through miniature implants that...

    12. July 31, 2016

      Post-Brexit industrial strategy must have science at its heart

      This is an important moment for British science. Those involved in scientific research in the UK have focused, rightly,...

    13. July 28, 2016

      US-UK partnership to tackle antibiotic resistance

      A US-UK public-private partnership will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over five years to tackle antibiotic...

    14. July 27, 2016

      Bacteria from human nose shown to be powerful antibiotic

      Bacteria growing inside the human body could be a rich source of much-needed new antibiotics. The first example,...

    15. July 26, 2016

      Rise in untreatable prostate cancer spurs call for testing

      A sharp rise in the number of cases in metastatic prostate cancer, which is untreatable and almost always fatal, has...

    16. July 26, 2016

      Dolly the sheep clones reach healthy old age

      Meet Debbie, Denise, Dianna and Daisy — identical sisters of Dolly the Sheep, the world’s most famous clone, who was...

    17. July 24, 2016

      Gene therapy: A controversial cure

      It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. The body re-engineered to recognise and attack cancer, so that...

    18. July 24, 2016

      Bloodlines: Rivals look to create ‘off-the-shelf’ treatment

      Most of the companies pursuing Car-T therapies are developing products that modify cells taken from the patient’s own...

    19. July 24, 2016

      New drugs aim to kill cancer cells by destabilising their DNA

      Drugs that selectively destroy cancer cells by destabilising their DNA will be developed in a £6m project funded by the...

    20. July 22, 2016

      Cancer research to target tumour evolution

      Scientists at London’s Institute of Cancer Research, the leading UK cancer lab, are refocusing their work to develop a...

    21. July 18, 2016

      Biotech dives into Sardinia gene pool for secret of long life

      In the quest to find the secret to a longer life, a British biotech group has bought the genetic data of almost 13,000...

    22. July 15, 2016

      Pessimism over innovation simply will not fly

      Gloom always sounds imp­ressive. One never wants to be the chirruping idiot at the water cooler when so many wise heads...

    23. July 11, 2016

      Train your heartbeat to help the brain cope with stress

      Most people engaged in competitive sports such as golf and tennis have experienced soundly beating an opponent with...

    24. July 9, 2016

      Theranos CEO barred from operating lab for two years

      Theranos founder and chief executive, Elizabeth Holmes, once touted as the Steve Jobs of biotech for her company’s...

    25. July 7, 2016

      Researchers create stingray robot with living cells

      US-based researchers have created a stingray robot with living cells that can respond to light signals, paving the way...

    26. June 30, 2016

      Database shines light on pharma payments to UK doctors

      Drug companies have disclosed for the first time their payments to UK doctors and other health professionals: £340m in...

    27. June 28, 2016

      Gene-editing: A step closer to homo perfectus

      So it begins. Nobody thought it would happen this fast, and now we are preparing to take a leap into the unknown. Not...

    28. June 27, 2016

      GW Pharma shares jump after success in second epilepsy trial

      Shares in GW Pharmaceuticals rose almost a third on Monday after the maker of marijuana-based medicines released a...

    29. 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...

    30. June 15, 2016

      Ultrasound used to breach blood-brain barrier in cancer treatment

      French scientists have carried out the first human trial of an ultrasound device that pushes drugs through the...

    31. June 9, 2016

      Medical advances made despite big business

      ‘We wanted something that anyone who can cook can use,” says Helen Lee, winner of the popular prize in the European...

    32. June 8, 2016

      Scientists mark milestone in personalised cancer treatment

      The most extensive genetic analysis ever carried out on a specific cancer shows that the most common and dangerous form...

    33. June 8, 2016

      Allied Minds: The search for fortune and glory

      At the end of the Steven Spielberg film Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fabled Ark of the Covenant is seen being wheeled...

    34. June 5, 2016

      New cancer drugs target deadliest forms of the disease

      Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie and other large pharmaceutical companies on Sunday unveiled research showing that their drugs...

    35. June 2, 2016

      Palliative care: Quality of life ‘keeps cancer therapy on track’

      In the lexicon of oncology, palliative care — non-curative treatment for pain and other symptoms of cancer — is...

    36. June 2, 2016

      Brakes off in effort to confront melanoma

      Thanks to its terrible prognosis, melanoma was once known as the cancer that gave others a bad name. Now a type of...

    37. June 2, 2016

      President raises patient and business hope for cancer treatment

      When Jimmy Carter was diagnosed last year with melanoma that had spread to his brain, many people feared the worst for...

    38. June 2, 2016

      Cancer researchers step up drive for earlier detection

      To improve the way lung cancer is diagnosed, a group of students and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of...

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