News An image of a mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from STAP cells

Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

All-in-one 'polypill' could save lives, says report

An all-in-one “polypill” with the potential to save many tens of thousands of lives each year in the UK could be available in less than two years.

Lord Browne: Three steps to restoring Britain to its global manufacturing strength

All too often we lag behind competitors in translating the fruits of scientific research into commercial success

Shire dives as copycat is backed by US watchdog

Shares in the British FTSE 100 pharmaceuticals giant Shire yesterday dived 11 per cent after regulators shocked the City by giving their backing to a generic rival of one of its best-selling drugs.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin: The accused candidate is a party stalwart seen as embodying continuity

Politics turns to farce in Pakistan as judge orders arrest of candidate who could replace ousted prime minister

Pakistan’s attempt to select a new prime minister veered towards farce today as a court issued an arrest warrant for the man chosen by President Asif Ali Zardari to be his next premier.

US drug store giant Walgreens in £10bn Boots takeover

The largest pharmacy chain in the United States swooped on high street chemist Boots today as part of a shock £10 billion takeover deal.

Leading article: Our Army must learn to adapt

When the Army announces the biggest structural overhaul in half a century, there is no way to avoid controversy. Even more so given that the radical reform programme – known as Army 2020 – includes cuts in capability to meet the demands of significantly reduced defence spending. As many as 11 infantry regiments could go, including such illustrious names as the Black Watch and the Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Marks & Spencer boss awarded £2.5m pay deal

The boss of Marks & Spencer Marc Bolland was awarded a £2.5 million pay deal despite the retailer recording its first fall in profits in three years.

People wait for prescriptions at a state health fund office in Athens

Pharmacy queues show price Greeks are paying for credit breakdown

There were long queues outside a state-funded pharmacy in Athens yesterday as people lined up to get life-saving drugs for seriously ill relatives.

Glaxo gets hostile in bid for HGS

Pharmaceutical giant in $2.6bn takeover move on long-time treatments partner
A new iPhone app, 'Zombies Run!', adapts from Google maps to simulate hordes of the undead, being a new aid to survive if a zombie plague occur

Trending: Cross the road, then turn left at rotting flesh...

The inevitable and potentially imminent Zombie Apocalypse continues to excite software programmers everywhere. Following the release of "Zombies, Run!", an app that helps iPhone users get fit by simulating hordes of the undead from which to flee (see Trending, 28 March), we now have Map of the Dead (mapofthedead.com), a new aid to post-apocalyptic survival from Jeff Merrick of the Doejo digital agency.

Dechra buys rival to expand in EU

Dechra Pharmaceuticals, which makes medicines for pets and livestock, yesterday spent €135m (£112m) buying a smaller Dutch rival that makes drugs for cattle, horses, dogs, pigs, cats and chickens.

James Moore: Drug makers in a fix as new treatments fall short

Outlook: Ouch. TC-5214 has tipped up. AstraZeneca is facing up to the failure of yet another drug from its already limited looking pipeline of new treatments.

iPads and iPods are the gadgets that help Bolton pupils do their homework and e-mail their teachers

The school where every teacher has an iPad... and every student has an iPod

Richard Garner visits the Bolton state comprehensive where pupils can email tutors for help – day or night

We will 'grow' all organs to order in future, says pioneering surgeon

Doctor who gave woman world's first lab-made body part predicts more breakthroughs to come

Spotlight On... Leif Johansson, chairman designate of AstraZeneca

I've not heard much about him before...

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Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

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Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there