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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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