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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. Inventions and Patents

      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 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. June 2, 2016

      Poor countries stretched on infection and cancer treatment

      Ghana may be a thriving nation of 26m people with a fledgling health insurance system and an economy classified as...

    10. June 2, 2016

      Oncology takes lead in exploring potential of epigenetics

      The past five years have been a golden age in cancer genetics. The cost of gene sequencing has fallen low enough for...

    11. 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...

    12. June 2, 2016

      Proton beam technology homes in on cancer tumours

      Scientific excitement about cancer treatment tends to focus on chemistry and biology — developing drugs that are more...

    13. June 2, 2016

      Cancer therapy re-engineers cells to hunt and destroy

      Patients taking part in early clinical trials of the riskiest new cancer drugs are often in the final stages of the...

    14. June 2, 2016

      Fast rising costs stand in way of effective cancer care

      Doctors have long worried about the unintended consequences of cancer treatments. The unpleasant reactions to...

    15. June 2, 2016

      Scientists propose creation of a synthetic human genome

      Scientists have put forward plans for a follow-up to the Human Genome Project with a proposal to create a synthetic...

    16. June 1, 2016

      Information matchmaker looks beyond Wall Street

      When Alexander Saint-Amand was 19, his mother was diagnosed with idiopathic cortical atrophy. The term was used by...

    17. June 1, 2016

      Cancer doctors face next drug challenge

      More than 30,000 doctors and scientists will gather in Chicago this weekend for the biggest annual meeting of cancer...

    18. May 30, 2016

      For science, Brexit is an experiment too far

      Few sections of British society favour EU membership more strongly than scientists. A recent poll of 907 active UK...

    19. May 29, 2016

      Syncona’s £30m investment pays off with first licence

      Syncona, the £250m long-term healthcare investment fund set up in 2012 by Wellcome Trust, Britain’s biggest charity,...

    20. May 27, 2016

      Blood cancer drug trial results boost Roche

      Positive results from the trial of a new blood cancer drug have boosted investor confidence in Roche’s ability to...

    21. May 27, 2016

      Cameron pushes for action on ‘superbugs’

      David Cameron will on Friday urge world leaders to set up a global fund worth $1.6bn a year to reward pharmaceutical...

    22. May 22, 2016

      US healthcare: Power to the patients?

      Austin Leclaire steered his electric wheelchair into the hotel ballroom and prepared for what he would later describe...

    23. May 19, 2016

      Pull together to prevent a superbug apocalypse

      Jim O’Neill, UK Treasury minister and former Goldman Sachs economist, has focused the world’s attention on...

    24. May 19, 2016

      Big pharma hits back at tax to tackle superbugs

      Pharmaceuticals companies have hit back at calls for an industry surcharge to pay for new antibiotics to fight...

    25. May 19, 2016

      Multibillion-dollar pharma levy proposed in superbugs battle

      Pharmaceutical companies may be charged a multibillion-dollar levy to pay for the development of antibiotics that can...

    26. May 17, 2016

      The uses and abuses of human genome synthesis

      The chemistry involved in being human is simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. First, the humdrum: we are mere...

    27. May 16, 2016

      US v UK: A transatlantic infographic on two healthcare systems

      Read the whole story here...

    28. May 16, 2016

      Managing multiple sclerosis: a transatlantic tale of healthcare in US v UK

      Neema Mirchi woke up one Saturday morning in March of 2015 feeling groggy after a late night out with friends. His...

    29. May 16, 2016

      As prices soar, US drugmakers say they bear an unfair burden

      The soaring cost of prescription medicines has become a sensitive issue in the US, which operates a free-market system...

    30. May 16, 2016

      Fast-track drug approval schemes signal more US-EU collaboration

      Fast-track approval processes are accelerating the path of new drugs to patients on both sides of the Atlantic, as...

    31. May 10, 2016

      Japan rights deal boosts stem cell therapy group

      A Welsh cell therapy company founded by a Nobel laureate has agreed a partnership with Daiichi Sankyo, the Japanese...

    32. May 6, 2016

      British health group BTG in deal for ‘ice balls’ cancer group

      BTG, the UK medical technology group, has agreed to pay up to $110m for a US cancer specialist that uses “ice balls” to...

    33. May 6, 2016

      Cellectis hails success in ridding British infant of cancer

      A second child with a previously incurable form of leukaemia has been successfully treated with an important new cell...

    34. May 4, 2016

      Scientists make test tube embryo breakthrough

      Scientists have almost doubled the time that human embryos can be developed outside the womb, potentially opening a...

    35. May 2, 2016

      Scientists build world’s tiniest engine

      Scientists have developed a microscopic engine, the smallest in the world, that they say is the first one capable of...

    36. May 2, 2016

      Schedule in some blinking to relieve digital eye strain

      Like most office workers, I spend a large part of my day looking at a screen, whether it is a desktop computer, an iPad...

    37. April 25, 2016

      Drug prices: Tweaking the formula

      What is the value of a human life? It is one of the most fraught questions in public policy as governments around the...

    38. 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,...

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