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

Drug sales hit healthy $1.3bn in a growing market

As Astra’s new chief executive, Pascal Soriot, works out a treatment plan to turn around the struggling drug maker’s business, he is axing nearly 4,000 jobs – including hundreds in the UK – and streamlining research and development. But Astra’s $200m (£130m) new plant in Jiangsu province is still set to open this year.

AstraZeneca executive detained after Chinese police raid Shanghai HQ

Investigators question sales rep for British drugs giant a week after rival Glaxo was accused of bribery

The actress and former ‘Playboy’ covergirl Jenny McCarthy

Is Jenny McCarthy the most dangerous woman on US television?

Yes, if you think it’s wrong to give a woman who campaigns against child vaccinations a spot on America’s top daytime talk show

G20 think tank plans global crackdown on coporate tax avoidance

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) think tank today. 

The government are planning on selling the state owned NHS plasma supplier to a US private equity firm

A pill that does the exercise for you? Let's hope lazy, overweight people don't take advantage

The problem is that it won't just be used by disabled people. It will also be used by fat people who cannot be bothered to jog. And that bothers me.

Broughton of the RAMC in India

Lives remembered: Jean Broughton

My mother-in-law Jean Broughton, who died on 11 July 2013, was one of the first women doctors to be trained in the UK, at the Royal Free Hospital in London from 1935-41. At the start of the Second World War, she was working in hospitals in the East End of London until she was called up to the Royal Army Medical Corps to serve in India, where she met her husband, Hanns Friedlander, a Viennese doctor who had fled the Nazis.

China pledges to clean up drugs sector after GSK scandal

State Food and Drug Administration declares a six-month clean up campaign

Glaxo boss confesses in Chinese trial by television

One of GlaxoSmithKline’s top executives in China was filmed in a bedraggled state “confessing” to bribery claims at Britain’s biggest drugmaker on Chinese state TV.

Simon Lowth moves from AstraZeneca to BG Group for less pay

BG Group has poached Simon Lowth from AstraZeneca to be its finance director. Mr Lowth, who was interim chief executive of the drug maker last year, is taking a pay cut to move to the FTSE 100 oil and gas company.

Chinese bribery investigation accuses GlaxoSmithLine of being ringleader

Four GSK executives are detained as police investigate bribery scandal

GlaxoSmithKline accused of being 'ringleader' in massive China drug sales bribery scandal

Chinese police today accused GlaxoSmithKline of being the “ringleader” in a massive bribery scandal over drugs sales, involving as many as 700 middlemen and some 3 billion yuan in bribes over the last six years.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is dead, but we must still address how we care for the dying

It is now clear that the "one or two mistakes" were in fact overwhelming problems, but phasing out the LCP still leaves the problems it was created to resolve

Drugs companies have been accused of 'highway robbery' of the NHS by using a legal loophole to push up the price of medicines in some cases by up to 2,000 per cent

NHS hit for millions by overcharging ‘scam’

Drug companies exploit loophole in the law to hike prices by as much as 2,000 per cent

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003