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HRT 'protects' against rapid ageing that may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, study finds

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can block signs of accelerated ageing that may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study has found.

Ambient light levels in childhood are thought to control the growth of the eyeball, with low light leading to myopia

Scientific breakthrough in study of the genetics of myopia

Scientists believe they may be able to discover why children who spend much of their time indoors rather than playing outside are more likely to develop short-sightedness following a breakthrough study into the genetics of myopia.

MS treatment: Clinical trials due as human stem cells research shows promise

In fact, the process appeared more rapid and efficient than with other cell sources

In what sense is HS2 plan progress?

I am pro-public transport and so are the Wildlife Trusts. The trusts have furnished HS2 with a huge amount of information about the impact of the proposed routes, and so far there's been no recognition of that information being received or, more importantly, taken into account.

He was the most reviled and misunderstood monarch in English history, but one of the last remaining mysteries of Richard III could soon be resolved with the help of modern science and a fragment of DNA

Is the body in the car park really Richard III? At last, the answer

...and it could prove that he really didn’t commit the greatest crime in royal history

Targeted cancer treatment case study: 'I'm so grateful that I can live a normal life'

Mary Bacon, 66, from Cumbria, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2008. But targeted treatments mean she can now live a normal life.

This model is based on finds from the Neander valley in Germany

Palaeolithic Park? Harvard professor seeks 'adventurous' woman to give birth to baby Neanderthal

Professor George Church plans to bring our long-extinct relative back to life using artificial DNA

DNA is the molecule of inheritance and usually consists of two opposing strands that are wound around each other in the form of a double helix. However, scientists have now found a four-stranded form of DNA in the shape of a quadruple helix (pictured), which is arranged like a stack of squares lying on top of
one another. This “quadruplex” DNA may play a role in controlling cell replication in cancer

Fresh twist to the DNA story signals major cancer breakthrough

Crucial discovery at Cambridge, 60 years after Crick and Watson's double helix

'White hat' hacker discovers names of 'anonymous' volunteers of genome study in security drill

A former "white hat" hacker hired by banks to test their computer security has been able to discover the names of individuals who volunteered to take part in genome studies on the condition of anonymity.

Born to rule? Scientists uncover gene that may help create natural leaders

A gene has been uncovered that may help to create born leaders.

Cause of Causes (right) has enjoyed three wins in four runs

Cause for celebration after Elliott turns Flat flop into Festival Supreme prospect

Cheltenham on the cards as Irish novice hurdler shows raw courage to match a fancy pedigree

Mother of cancer boy Neon Roberts fears treatment will cause her to lose out on grandchildren

The mother whose child is to undergo potentially lifesaving radiotherapy against her wishes said she will appeal the High Court decision that it must go ahead, admitting today that she fears the treatment will cause her to lose out on grandchildren.

Andrew Mitchell: The former chief whip wants an inquiry into allegations that police fabricated evidence

Monday diary: Has Jon Gaunt loved the Police Federation to death?

This PR maestro, hired to advise the police over Plebgate, has questions to answer

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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