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The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature 

Every living species to be given a `barcode'

AN AMBITIOUS project to take a genetic "barcode" of every animal and plant begins today in an attempt to identify and label the 10 million species on Earth.

You cannot be serious - are left-handed people nature's way of starting a fight?

Alexander the Great was one, as was Billy the Kid and John McEnroe. Now scientists believe they can explain why some people are left-handed, and it's all to do with coming out on top in a fight.

Battle of the beaches rages over coconuts

Alien palms are destroying Australian rainforest. But the tourist industry loves them

Adrian Hayday: A story of commitment and sacrifice in the laboratory

From a talk by the Professor of immunobiology at King's College London to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA

Marina Wallace: Why was the genius of the man who pioneered the science of genetics ignored for so long?

Taken from a lecture given by the senior lecturer at St Martin's College of Art and Design to a conference on genetics held in London
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Set a pest to catch a pest

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Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
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A nap a day could save your life

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...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
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The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

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The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

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