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Jeremy Laurance: The brilliant medical career this novelist never had

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Stem cell treatment may allow women to delay menopause

Working life of ovaries can be prolonged, experiments on mice demonstrate

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Q. We are flying to New Zealand this Easter and will have a stopover in Shanghai. Would it be possible for us to go out of the airport and explore the city for a day with our nine-year-old son? If so, what would you recommend we do? Moreover, would we need a visa? E Eymin, via email

Shanghai-style five willow fish

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Federer pulls out of Paris Masters

World number two Roger Federer has pulled out of the Paris Masters with a back injury just before his quarter-final against American James Blake.

John Cusack: Still pale and interesting

From goofy teen star in 'Say Anything' to eccentric Hollywood hero in 'Con Air', John Cusack makes any role seem just that little bit edgy. Kaleem Aftab meets the actor during filming in London, and discovers that he's as sharp as ever

Knife man kills five Shanghai police officers

A man went on a rampage in a police station in Shanghai today, stabbing five officers to death and wounding another five before he was stopped, local media reported.

Learning Chinese

Anyone considering doing some work or study in China would be sensible to know a bit about the language before they leave.

Heads on Beds: The Mansion Hotel, Shanghai

China’s most dynamic city offers plenty of sleek, high-rise accommodation yet a new breed of discreet boutique hotel is becoming increasingly popular.

The dragon awakens: China, how did it happen?

China's growth over the past few years has been nothing short of miraculous, and it is predicted that the economy will overtake America's within a generation. But how did it all happen? And what are the implications for the rest of the world?

Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, By JG Ballard

JG Ballard unveils what will probably be his last book

My Favourite Wife, by Tony Parsons

His lover is a dab hand at dim sum. But it was always a snack, never a feast

The Painted Veil (12A)

Not enjoying your journalism work experience? Head for Shanghai!

Breaking into the British media has never been easy. Now, budding journalists are heading off around the world for valuable work experience.
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