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Sir Ronald Ross

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi says a cure for HIV is possible

HIV cure research 'must not jeopardise existing projects'

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As Nelson Mandela turned 94 today and tributes poured in from around the world, an unseemly squabble continued among the former president’s relatives who are trying to put a commercial value on the anti-apartheid icon.

Mr Churchill's Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer, By Peter Clarke

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Leading article: A landmark in science by any name

It's been called the "God particle". But the Higgs boson has nothing to do with a deity. The new subatomic particle discovered at Cern is certainly consistent with the elusive Higgs boson, and further work should confirm whether it is indeed the entity that fits into the Standard Model of physics.

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An idea thought up on a rainy weekend

As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.

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