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Hopes rise for development of universal flu vaccine

Newly discovered flu molecules shared by most strains of the virus could help scientists develop a "universal vaccine", it was claimed today.

Brad Pitt, pictured on the set of 'World War Z' in Glasgow, said he suffered from depression in the 1990s

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Yemen's cabinet has approved a draft law granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides against prosecution for crimes committed during his 33 year-long rule in the impoverished Arabian state.

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Scientists have developed a vaccine against cancer that reduces the size of breast tumours by more than 80 per cent when tested on laboratory mice.

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