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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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital