News Tim Berners-Lee invited an atheist minister to present Thought for the Day

Atheist minister says he had been invited by the founder of the worldwide web Sir Tim to present but had been blocked by BBC senior management

Open Sandwich so that biotech angels can save Pfizer's 2,400 jobs

George Freeman, the Tory MP and biotech expert, is calling on the Government to open Pfizer's site in Sandwich to venture capitalists and biotech angels in a bid to save as many of the 2,400 jobs, due to be axed when the plant closes, as it can.

Antisoma shares plunge after latest cancer drug setback

Antisoma suffered a blow last night after it revealed that a key acute leukaemia drug had failed in a final-stage clinical trial.

Stem cells could help blind patients to see within six weeks

Blind patients suffering from a type of eye disease that strikes in childhood will become the second group of people in the world to receive stem cells derived from spare IVF embryos left over from fertility treatment.

Biotech firms hit as cash dries up and research shifts eastward

The global biotechnology business model is "breaking down" as investors tighten purse strings and the industry's research base shifts to emerging economies, a report suggests.

Justin Gover: The world's most useful cannabis dealer

The Business Interview: Alistair Dawber meets the man behind the launch of Sativex, a pain-reliever that could help multiple sclerosis sufferers worldwide

Christopher McCabe: What lessons can we learn from this?

Medicines to treat MS, developed in the 1990s, were an early example of the new biotechnology drugs, synthesised in the laboratory. Hundreds are now coming on to the market at prices that make those charged for the MS drugs look pretty small beer. Instead of £10,000 a patient a year we are looking at £25,000 up to £60,000 or more.

Seaweed bread 'may hold key to beating obesity'

Seaweed bread could be the answer to the obesity epidemic, say scientists.

Extraordinary Measures (PG)

The fact that it's based on Geeta Anand's book, The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – and Bucked the Medical Establishment – in a Quest to Save His Children, should warn you what to expect, as well as telling you the plot.

Investment Column: Ignore Wetherspoon's weather worries

Character Group; Oxford Biomedica

Steve Connor: Huge potential balanced against ethical fears

It is easy to get confused over stem cells. It doesn't help that there are several different types of stem cell but the one involved in this proposed clinical trial happens to be the most powerful and the most controversial – embryonic stem cells.

GM crops have a role in preventing world hunger, chief scientist says

The Government should approve trials to develop crops resistant to climate change that would feed a growing population

Unilever's quality is hard to beat, buy in

BTG; Millennium & Copthorne

Phytopharm soars 340% on drug trial

The biotechnology minnow Phytopharm received a huge share price boost yesterday after announcing that early trials of its potential Parkinson's disease treatment had produced impressive results.

J&J looks to knock $100m off Elan price

Johnson & Johnson is trying to knock down the price of an 18.4 per cent stake in Irish biotech group Elan Corp after a US judge said the terms of the deal breeched an earlier agreement.

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