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

Mo Farah backs campaign to save Barclays money transfer service

A petition signed by 20,000 people is to be handed in to Downing Street urging Barclays to keep a service that allows people living in Britain to send small amounts of money to family and friends in developing nations.

Rivals leaving Britain behind in ‘global race’ for recovery

Analysis of IMF data claims UK growth will trail most other major economies by the end of Coalition’s term

Mark Dampier: China's growth goals catch investors' eyes

Despite its strong rate of economic growth in recent years, China has been a disappointing place to invest. This can be explained, at least in part, by the dominance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which account for a large proportion of China's stock market indices.

Texas is running out of lethal drug used to execute death row prisoners

The most active state for executions has confirmed supplies of pentobarbital will expire in September

Uruguay wants to create a legal marijuana industry in an attempt to fight organised crime

Uruguay set to legalise marijuana after President Jose Mujica's bill goes through congress

The bill would make Uruguay the first country to have a government led legal marijuana industry

Psychologist Dr Mark Bawden is part of the backroom team at Loughborough

The Ashes: England have backroom bases covered

Delivering Kevin Pietersen back to the brink of full fitness is the latest triumph of England's backroom team, but it should be no surprise – they have the best support staff in the game.

Market Report: Barclays eyes a £5bn share sale to plug hole

Banks have disappointed government and they have disappointed the public, and yesterday Barclays disappointed the City. This time, the crushing disappointment wasn’t due to mis- selling or big bonuses – Barclays yesterday frustrated the Square Mile when it emerged it will pursue a £5bn-plus rights issue to plug the perceived hole in its balance sheet that the Bank of England’s capital requirements have revealed.

The inventor of the electronic cigarette, Hon Lik smoking his invention in Beiijng in 2009

British American Tobacco enters electronic cigarette market in Britain with the 'Vype'

British American Tobacco has become the first tobacco company to launch an electronic cigarette in the UK, raising fears that it could eventually boost its profits with public money should the NHS begin prescribing ecigarettes as a smoking-cessation tool.

Farmers destroy cannabis plantations under Moroccan police supervision in the northern Moroccan Larache region, pictured here in 2006

The green shoots of recovery? Morocco considers the legalisation of marijuana cultivation

Keen to boost the economy and pacify a restive nation, politicians want to  decriminalise cultivation of marijuana

The drugs giant has been embroiled in a scandal but its shares have only wavered a little

Investment Insider: The heady days aren't over for drugs groups

Genetics, stem cells and consistent dividends can offset the problems of expiring patents

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Market Report: Drugs do work as Shire hits new high

On a day when traders' screens turned red and the market dived more than 30 points, Shire was breaking records.

Chinese police today accused GlaxoSmithKline of being the “ringleader” in a massive bribery scandal

GlaxoSmithKline boss Sir Andrew Witty:: UK headquarters 'knew nothing' of China fraud

Scandal has seen a number of executives detained

The NHS will not give meningitis B vaccine to all the UK's children as a matter of course

NHS will not give meningitis B vaccine to all UK's children

Government’s immunisation advisors say the jab is 'highly unlikely to be cost effective'

More Astra staff held  in China as GSK crisis deepens

Drugs giant insists there is no link with bribery crackdown as police swoop

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