Life and Style Peanut allergy affects around half a million people in the UK

Thousands of people suffering from peanut allergies could be saved from potentially fatal allergic reactions thanks to a revolutionary new therapy spearheaded by British doctors.

Dominic Cummings is to quit his job and open up a new free school

Michael Gove's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings 'quits to open new free school'

He has gained reputation as ruthless and passionate advocate of Education Secretary's reforms

Nathan Verhelst first had hormone therapy in 2009

Belgian man dies by euthanasia after failed sex change operation

The man died on Monday afternoon

GTA 5: Online - will microtransactions power Rockstar's multiplayer game world?

Discovery of "cash cards" in GTA .xml files suggests that online gamers will be able to use real cash to solve in-game money problems

Book review: Airmail: the Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer, Edited by Thomas R Smith

"It's possible that while a bird is building its nest an idea for a song it has never sung rises to its small head. So with us certain thoughts flow upward into our head only when language is being used, and used calmly." That applies particularly, continues this letter of January 1977, to those engaged on prose-poems, a miniature but intense form to which both Robert Bly and his recipient, Tomas Tranströmer, were then greatly drawn.

Researchers were able to perform gene therapy on living mice

Breakthrough with stem cells could 'end need for transplants'

Living mice able to  produce the cells capable of helping to repair a damaged heart

US federal judges uphold California ban on mental health professionals trying to reverse homosexuality in minors

Federal judges in the US have upheld California’s decision to ban mental health professionals from trying to reverse homosexuality in minors.

Nearly a fifth of British adults never venture more than 500 metres from their car

Tied to your motor? One in five strays no more than 500 metres from their car

Damning National Trust report shows people are getting out and about much less than previous generations

Bradley Manning leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland

'I am Chelsea. I am female': Soldier tried as Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman'

Soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified files identifies as female and wants to be called Chelsea

Lindsay Lohan, being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

'I'm willing to do whatever it takes': Lindsay Lohan tells Oprah Winfrey she can turn her life around

Former child star has just left rehab for the sixth time

Channel 4 announces 'Real Sex Season' series will be aired to investigate how pornography affects British lives

Programmes in the series will include 'Date a Pornstar' and 'Porn on the Teenage Brain'

Album review: Moderat, II (Monkeytown)

Moderat is the collaborative project of Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gemot Bronson and Sebastian Szary), an alliance of Berlin electronicians drawing synergy from their complementary approaches. “Bad Kingdom” is typical, its dubstep buzz, brittle beat and synth pad carrying Apparat's yearning tenor vocal – a sleek, persuasive modern electropop which becomes more chilled in “Let In the Light”. The gassy bass pulse of “Gita” supports Apparat's silky testament to his beloved's “porcelain” quality, but elsewhere he delves into more visceral imagery, particularly over the sparse tonescape of “Damage Done”. The trio's manipulation of euphoric rave dynamics on tracks like “Therapy” brings a fresh approach to a tried-and-tested form.

Sture Bergwall was convicted of murdering eight people

Swedish serial killer who raped and ate his victims to be freed – because he made it all up

Murder confessions are accepted as fantasies by police after Sture Bergwall served 20 years in jail

Scientists discover the molecule responsible for causing feelings of depression

Protein receptor is found to release hormones that can cause anxiety and depression

Pro Choice campaigners cheer outside Leinster House in Dublin after the Irish Parliament passed a bill allowing Abortion in limited circumstances in the early hours of the morning

Ireland passes historic legislation to allow 'life saving' abortions

Days of fierce protests and long Dail debates plagued the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

New PIP device measures stress to help users relax

Kickstarter bio-sensor is held between thumb and forefinger to measure 'galvanic skin response'

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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