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It will be difficult – but not impossible – to detect the chemical breakdown products of any nerve agents that may have been used in the Damascus attack, but access to the victims could be critical in proving the illicit use of chemical weapons.

Quadriplegic sailor's solo voyage around Britain suffers setback

It has been a frustrating end to the week for the round-Britain quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister. After departing in ideal conditions from Dover Harbour on Monday, the weather and a last-minute technical hitch have conspired to leave her behind schedule on her extraordinary 12-week voyage.

Paperback: The Memory Man, by Lisa Appignanesi

First published in 2004, Appignanesi's novel unpicks the mechanics of memory, and in particular, the biochemical makeup of American neuroscientist, Herr Dr Bruno Lind. At a conference in Vienna, Lind suffers a minor fall and finds himself contemplating his European childhood – one interrupted by the Anschluss and the disappearance of his father. Later he travels to Krakow with Irena Davies, a journalist who is losing her mother to Alzheimer's.The implications of memory loss – personal and collective – are deftly fused in a novel about the interplay between science and the soul.

Thousands queue to see corpse of Padre Pio

Twenty thousand pilgrims queued for hours for a glimpse of the body of St Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, with a mask ordered from the company that supplies Madame Tussauds covering the skull.

Professor Neil Jenkins: Pioneer in academic dentistry

Few can have contributed so much to the development and maturity of academic dentistry as Neil Jenkins, the first Professor of Oral Physiology in the UK. His academic legacy is unsurpassed, if viewed in terms of the body of work from his own laboratories at Newcastle University, summed with that of the "Jenkins family" of former graduate students and colleagues.

Professor Sir Howard Dalton: Distinguished microbiologist

Howard Dalton, microbiologist: born New Malden, Surrey 8 February 1944; staff, Warwick University 1973-2008, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences 1983-2008; FRS 1993; Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2002-07; Kt 2007; married 1971 Kira Rozdestvensky (one son, one daughter, two stepsons); died Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 12 January 2008.

Professor N. G. Carr: Researcher into blue-green algae

Noel Gordon Carr, biochemist: born South Shields, Co Durham 3 December 1935; Research Fellow, University of California, San Francisco 1961-62; ICI Fellow, Biochemistry Department, Liverpool University 1962-64, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Biochemistry 1964-84; Professor of Biological Sciences, Warwick University 1984-96 (Emeritus); married 1945 Diana Clavering (one daughter, two sons); died Warwick 30 October 2007

Art in laboratory conditions

New Year Honours: Order of the British Empire

Dame Commander (DBE)

Che and me: on the road to revolution again

For Alberto Granado, the forthcoming film 'The Motorcycle Diaries' is a chance to relive his amazing road trip across South America with his teenage friend - Che Guevara. <i><b>Bob Flynn</b></i> reports

Milk causes 'serious illness for 7m Britons'

Scientists say undetected lactose intolerance is to blame for chronic fatigue, arthritis and bowel problems

US plan to use illegal weapons

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