News Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

'Goody effect' causes huge delay in smear test results

Surge in demand for screening results in two-month wait for women

Scientists and ethicists unite to attack doctor's clone plan

Lord Winston leads condemnation of claims by controversial fertility expert Panayiotis Zavos

New test may transform prostate cancer care

A simple urine test for prostate cancer has been discovered, which can distinguish between slow- growing and aggressive strains of the disease in the laboratory. If it works in the clinic, it would be a major advance in the management of the commonest cancer in men.

The stem cell map of the world

No branch of medicine is more complex or controversial – or has greater potential to transform our lives. Steve Connor assesses the global state of research

Leading article: An incompetent police force

Robert Napper's guilty plea to manslaughter yesterday at the Old Bailey should have been an occasion for grim satisfaction. A triple killer and serial rapist has been convicted, and he will be detailed indefinitely at Broadmoor hospital. But the primary emotion this outcome inspires is not satisfaction but revulsion at the incompetence and carelessness of police.

'Rabies' patient in hospital

A case of suspected rabies is being investigated in Northern Ireland, it was revealed today.

UK at risk of losing lead in stem cell research

Britain's attempts to take stem cell research from the laboratory to the clinic are being undermined by government red tape and a lack of interest from City investors, according to experts meeting in London today.

The medical miracle

Mother-of-two becomes first transplant patient to receive an organ grown to order in a laboratory

Sandwich chain supplier linked to outbreak of salmonella

A fatal salmonella outbreak across the British Isles that has infected 90 people may be linked to sandwiches sold by Subway.

Scientist commits suicide over anthrax charges

A top US biodefence researcher committed suicide just before being charged over the anthrax mailings that traumatised America after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Veneers: The real cost of a Hollywood smile

The vogue for veneers may be lining dentist' pockets, but this procedure is not the quick fix it seems to be – and is far from risk-free. Jane Feinmann reports

Vomiting bug puts three hospitals on red alert

Almost three million people may have contracted norovirus this winter, according to new figures. Cases of the vomiting bug were also partly to blame for three hospitals being placed on red alert, an NHS manager said yesterday.

Growth in shark fin trade could lead to species extinction

Shark fishing in Europe is helping to fuel a global trade in valuable shark fins that is driving many species to the brink of extinction, a study has found.

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