The first attempt in Britain to treat heart failure patients with gene therapy is to begin within weeks

Gene therapy to offer up to 1m heart patients new lease of life

Synthetic virus that can boost heartbeat will be injected into sufferers for breakthrough trial

Steve Connor: Even if gene therapy does work, how will a stretched NHS foot the bill?

Gene therapy is one of those medical "breakthroughs" that has unfortunately failed to live up to expectations. Several clinical trials, usually involving inherited diseases caused by defects in single genes, have ended in failure and, in at least one case, the death of patients.

About 35,000 men in Britain are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year

Prostate cancer mutates in bursts, says study

About 35,000 men in Britain are diagnosed with the cancer, which kills 11,000 each year

Genetically modified crops needed to 'feed the world,' says Government's chief scientific advisor Mark Walport

Sir Mark says EU regulation means not enough GM crops can be grown

The coelacanth fish lives in deep-sea caves off the coast of Africa

The 'living fossil' coelacanth fish left behind by evolution

One of the few species to have hardly changed in tens of millions of years

Poll: Has ‘Pig 26’ changed your opinion on GM food?

As The Independent reported yesterday, scientists have developed a new method of creating genetically-modified animals that addresses one of the principal objections of the anti-GM movement.

Paul Hilton and Sarah Niles in 'Table

Theatre review: Table, The Shed, National Theatre

Table, the beautiful new play by Tanya Ronder, is the inaugural production in the Shed, the National's temporary replacement for the Cottesloe while the latter undergoes renovation.

Genetic tests may help bipolar disorder patients

Scientists have identified a group of patients with a genetic predisposition to mental illness, opening up for the first time the prospect of personalised medicine in psychiatry.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen posted an under par score from the first six groups

The Masters 2013 - Augusta Diary: Tiger Woods is getting the beers in

On the opening day Tiger Woods relieved one unlucky fan of his beer, knocking a cup out of the reveller’s hand with a wayward shot at the par-four 3rd.

The rise in the number of overweight children in Britain may be as much to do with their genes as their diet and exercise levels

Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Scientists identify four DNA variations which may explain why some children become obese

Men could receive routine saliva test for prostate cancer within five years

Breakthrough? Scientists unveil the 'single biggest leap forward' in tackling prostate cancer

Men could receive routine saliva test within five years, after pan-European research

A genetic mutation triggered by the obesity epidemic could lie behind the dramatic increase in a type of cancer

Obesity may be behind big rise in cancer of the gullet

Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year

Photomicrograph of human white blood cells with acute myelocytic leukaemia ( AML ) in the pericardial fluid, shown with an esterase stain

Cancer halted in five patients after treatment with own genetically modified cells

Results of the early-stage trial demonstrate that it may be possible to use the gene-therapy technique to control cancers in relapsed patients

'Three parent babies' one step closer: survey reveals support for radical IVF therapy

Mitochondrial replacement could help families at risk of a certain class of genetic disorders

All because the lady loves: The foxglove 'digitalis parviflora', otherwise known as 'Milk Chocolate'

Cull of the wild: What to do when that stunning foxglove display doesn't turn out as planned

Something weird has happened to my foxgloves. I had this notion around about May last year that the next big thing would be foxgloves, tall stems of pale bells shimmering out of a summer's dusk. I thought it would be romantic. I bought three pots. I planted three pots. (Almost all garden design books will tell you that "three is the magic number" when it comes to planting. So I obeyed.) And then I waited.

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