News 2008 picture of purple tomatoes at the John Innes Centre in Norwich

A shipment of genetically modified tomato juice designed to boost health benefits is on its way to the UK for testing.

Choirs are magical - but should they be a social tool, too?

There's a risk that in using choirs for everything from helping fragmented communities to stress relief, we drag them down to the level of the mundane

The age of millionaire rockers was a mid-century blip

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Actors perform in a sequence meant to represent the NHS during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics

Technological advances in the NHS at a crossroads

They could save the NHS – or bankrupt it. New technological advances that are transforming care of patients also risk crippling the health service responsible for delivering them.

Terence Blacker: Generation Sloth are the victims of a betrayal

Taking exercise should be a part of any civilised education

WellPoint in deal for Amerigroup

The US health insurer, WellPoint, is buying its rival Amerigroup for $4.46bn (£2.87bn). The move is a major bet on the expansion of the US government's Medicaid health plans for the country's poor.

The Republican presidential candidate intends to scrap the scheme

Obama court victory spurs flood of Romney campaign donations

Campaign donations were flooding yesterday into the coffers of Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger in the race for the White House, signifying a tidal wave of outrage among conservatives over Thursday's decision by the US Supreme Court to uphold President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare overhaul.

Supporters of
Mr Obama's
Affordable Care
Act celebrate
the ruling
outside the
Supreme Court

Obama vindicated with court ruling on healthcare

After months of fevered anticipation, the US Supreme Court yesterday upheld the core of the ambitious healthcare overhaul driven through Congress by President Barack Obama in 2010, thus ensuring that provisions to extend health insurance to nearly every American can be implemented as planned.

Supporters of
Mr Obama's
Affordable Care
Act celebrate
the ruling
outside the
Supreme Court

Supreme Court stands behind Obamacare

Ruling is a huge win for President, ensuring healthcare provision for all Americans

Jerry and June Caldwell both
developed a rare typhus

US high court upholds key part of Obama health law

The US Supreme Court today upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms, handing him a huge election-year political victory.

'Fat tax' call over unhealthy foods

Britain would need to put a 20 per cent "fat tax" on unhealthy food and drink to improve the numbers of people suffering diet-related conditions such as obesity and heart disease, medical experts warn.

Jogging 'increases life expectancy'

Jogging for as little as an hour a week can put years on your life, new research has shown.

Egg donor Sylvia Barr

Eggs unlimited: an extraordinary tale of scientific discovery

Two biologists, split by rivalry and disagreement, suddenly realised that they were on the same side. The result was a revolutionary breakthrough. Special report by our Science Editor, Steve Connor

Members of the public attended the oral arguments last week in the Supreme Court where President Obama's healthcare bill was being debated

Rupert Cornwell: Obamacare is in the hands of the unelected

Out of America: The Supreme Court has the power to trump Congress and consign to history the US's boldest attempt at universal healthcare

Accidents can be costly, particularly if your policy includes a high excess

Voluntary excess on insurance may be false economy

It may cut your premium but make sure you can afford it if disaster strikes

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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