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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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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?