Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

Leading Article: A cowardly retreat over cloned embryos

WHAT DO ministers do when they want to avoid taking decisions that might expose them to unpopularity? They refer the problem to a committee, of course. It has already taken the public health minister, Tessa Jowell, and the science minister, Lord Sainsbury, six months to chew over - and then procrastinate still further over - the firm recommendation of the last committee report into the vexed question of allowing scientists to clone human embryos for medical research. Last December the joint Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority/Human Genetics Advisory working party recommended that such research be allowed for cloned human embryos less than 14 days old.

Medical Notes: Dramatic effects of diet changes

FEW HEALTH problems are as frustrating, both for doctor and patient, as severe arthritis, as I learned in my first bedside experience with intractable joint problems. The patient had already had five operations on his knees. Eventually, surgeons replaced both hips and both shoulders, and did elaborate operations on other joints. A physician himself, he greeted each procedure with fatalism.

Wear these

OH THE dilemma. It's too chilly to wear your Birkenstocks with naked feet, but normal socks are just too ... normal. But here's the answer! Toe socks. Although the provenance of these socks is rather medical (the Japanese wear them for arthritis - the toe bits increase circulation) they are the only, only thing to wear with sandals. YMC originally made them to be worn with their foot-shaped sandals, but found they were being snapped up by people to stuff into their activity sandals. Although they take a moment longer to put on than your usual sock, so not for hungover mornings, once on they mould to your feet and warm them up nicely. Fashionable but cosy too. It's possible. AB

This is a potty situation, surely?

The sponge space-cake was delicious, as were the filo parcels with ricotta, basil and bud

Double life of a devoted helper

ALANA ROBERTSON has the household responsibilities of someone twice her age. She is the type of young carer the Government is worried about.

Letter: Creature comforts

Sir: I'm inclined to become a vegetarian after reading your article "Assault and battery" (Review, 27 January).

The Hoddle Sacking: Loyalty to squad's faith healer carried high price

SHE IS the fulcrum on which the whole saga of Hoddle's dismissal rests: Hoddle's "other" woman, the faith healer Eileen Drewery.

Health: A Question of Health: Espresso to insomnia

I have heard that both coffee and tea have caffeine in them. Why is it only coffee that keeps me awake at night?

The cherry-flavoured way to perfect health

The allergist's room at the back of the shop looked less like a clinic than a fairground booth

Letter: Sad old man

Sad old man

Letter: Alternative health

Sir: Marcia Angell and Jerome Kassirer choose two categories of medicine: that which has been adequately tested and that which has not .

Kew to weed out dangerous Chinese herbs

DO YOU know your Stephania from your Aristolochia? Would you recognise correctly-processed fuzi? Or be able to reject a fake orchid tuber?

Vanguard Medica shares fall

Vanguard Medica shares fall

Biomedix loss

K S BIOMEDIX, a biotechnology company which develops drugs from sheep, yesterday reported a 20 per increase in pre-tax losses to pounds 1.02m from pounds 847,000 a year ago.

Baby found next to dead grandfather

A 13-MONTH-OLD baby who disappeared three days ago was yesterday found alive on a mountainside near the body of his devoted grandfather.
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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