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Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

Ten years ago today, it was revealed that the human genome had been decoded. A medical revolution beckoned. So what happened next?

The two scientists stood shoulder to shoulder with President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House, the same room where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark unfurled their map of the Northwest Territories for Thomas Jefferson.

Is this the heir to Dr Atkins?

Pierre Dukan says he's found the secret of permanent weight loss - and millions of French dieters now follow his regime. He tells Lena Corner how it works

Dr Craig Venter: So, Doctor, how does it feel to have created artificial life?

Steve Connor speaks to the scientist who created the first synthetic living cell

How vegetarian voles got a taste for frogs' legs

Water voles have developed a penchant for one of the most rarefied delicacies of French cuisine – frogs' legs – conservationists have discovered.

Huge study to treat peanut allergy sufferers

Children are to be given a little of what does them harm in the biggest trial of immunotherapy for peanut allergy conducted.

Sweet, sour, salty, bitter... and now it's the fifth taste

Since its discovery 102 years ago by a Japanese scientist, "umami" has been the object of fascination by chemists and avant-garde chefs determined to discover the secret of the so-called "fifth taste".

Steve Connor: Now we know why pandas went veggie

Science Notebook

Two executed over China poison milk scandal

Two men were executed today for their part in China's poisoned milk powder scandal which killed at least six children and made more than 300,000 ill.

Low-carb diet damages arteries, study shows

Low-carbohydrate diets may damage arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks, research suggests. Scientists believe cutting carbs on Atkins-style diets impairs the regrowth and repair of blood vessels.

Not a Chimp, By Jeremy Taylor

That we are 98.4 per cent genetically identical to chimpanzees is one of the more misleading factoids of our time. Genes have proved to be so complicated that this figure needs to be treated with extreme caution. For decades, 97-98.5 per cent of the genome (the complete set of genes in an organism) was dismissed as junk because it had no obvious function. The remaining tiny portion was known to be the blueprint for all proteins and hence other substances in the living body. Facetiously, we might once have wondered if it is merely the junk we share with chimpanzees.

A coffee a day ensures the memory will stay

A few cups of coffee a day may be all that is needed to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Meat Free Monday: What its supporters say

'This is something anyone can do, it is a tiny thing with a huge impact. MFM is about us all taking control of the environment we live in for the generations to come. Whether you eat meat or not you can be part of this decision to limit the meat industry destroying our planet's resources.' Stella McCartney, fashion designer

Found: the origin of life

Scientists solve the mystery of how the Earth was transformed

Vitamin D deficiency may increase MS risk

Vitamin D deficiency before and after birth may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis in some individuals, a study has shown.

How crying can make you healthier

We all know a good cry helps to soothe our minds. Now doctors are discovering that tears may help to heal our bodies, too. Roger Dobson reports
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