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The sight of thousands of people with previously incurable forms of blindness could be saved thanks to a pioneering new gene therapy that requires just one operation.

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Pioneering surgery saves pensiioner's sight

A 70-YEAR-OLD man spoke yesterday of how his life had "changed completely" after a pioneering operation restored his sight when he faced the prospect of blindness.

The PC of your wildest dreams

As computers and the Internet become a part of everyday life, they are also entering into our subconscious.

Obituary: Alicia Parl

ALICIA PARLA'S brief spell of international fame occurred as "Queen of the Rumba", at the centre of the first world vogue for Cuban music in the 1930s.

Is this the guide dog of the future?

IT WEIGHS 10 stone, looks like a lion and can knock down a man with a friendly pounce.

Try a nice cup of young, modern beverage solution

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Braille change angers blind readers

A "CAMPAIGN for Real Braille" has been set up after plans to introduce capital letters into the braille alphabet have split the blind community.

Obituary: Otto Wichterle

OTTO WICHTERLE was a chemist of international distinction who not only conceived, but brought to fruition, the hydrophilic soft contact lens which is now the principal item of visual correction for many millions of people in the world.

Doctors call for ban on CS spray

A LEADING medical journal has called for a moratorium on the use of CS spray by the police, in the light of growing unease about the extent of the weapon's deployment.

Television: Facts that spoilt the fiction

Steven Soderberg was a poor choice of director for Spalding Gray

Health: Beware cut-price contact lenses

They may soon be sold by mail order. Very convenient, but will they be safe? By Glenda Cooper

Obituary: Dr Waryam Singh

EYEBROWS WERE raised in certain quarters of polite Edinburgh society when in 1991, a somewhat obscure Sikh ear, nose and throat surgeon from one of their suburbs was nominated for the Annual Great Scot of the Year Award for medicine. It's not every year that Scotland can boast a Nobel prizewinner in Medicine or Science, so Waryam Singh was not surprisingly pipped at the post by Sir James Black, though it was Singh's nomination that caught the public imagination and, having met at the Downing Street reception, he and Black became fast friends. The Nobel laureate hinted darkly on more than one occasion that he regarded Singh as a far more ingenious man than himself.

Health: Contact lenses that can damage your eyes

Fashion-conscious teenagers are putting their sight at risk.

Impotence pill `can damage eyesight'

VIAGRA, the new drug for impotence can cause damage to eyesight for those who over-use it, scientists have claimed.

In a vision once I saw

Carole Angier is inspired by the story of a man born with just 'a speck of something like seeing'
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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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