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UK yet to harness full female potential

Ovary-transplant birth raises fears of ethical dangers

Women can freeze ovaries for later pregnancies, but experts warn of 'societal control' of childbearing age

The brainboxes born 1.2m years ago

Discovery of fossilised pelvis forces scientists to revise view of Homo erectus

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/im-outraged-by.html" target="_blank">Sleeping Around: Catholic guilt</a>

I'm outraged by the Catholic school which has banned girls having cervical cancer jabs over the fears it might 'promote sexual promiscuity'.

Chickenpox during pregnancy

I am 24 weeks pregnant and I'm worried about chickenpox, as my three-year-old son has been exposed to it at his nursery. Is there any chance that the baby will be infected or damaged by chickenpox?

Ministers ignored parents' fears over cervical cancer jab

Go-ahead for programme to give girls HPV vaccine, despite concerns it would be 'a licence for promiscuity'

Inner-ear hair cells offer hope for hard of hearing

The delicate hair cells of the inner ear that are crucial to hearing have been grown successfully in mice for the first time by scientists who believe that the technique may one day be used to restore hearing in profoundly deaf people.

Brian Viner: Hardy Rose benefits from Watson's way with elements

As consecutive shots go in Open Championships at Royal Birkdale, Justin Rose's last in 1998 and his first yesterday could hardly have been more different. On a balmy Sunday afternoon 10 years ago, Rose, then an unworldly amateur aged 17, pitched into the 18th hole to finish tied for fourth. At just before 7.45am yesterday, in a mighty wind and relentless rain, the wiser Rose, with seven professional victories and a European Order of Merit under his belt, struck an unconvincing two-iron off the first tee and watched it dribble into the first cut of rough, right of the fairway.

The future of fertility

100-year-old women giving birth; IVF cycles available for &pound;50; gestation in artificial wombs... it will all be possible in the next 30 years, say the world's leading fertility experts

MPs throw out bids to reduce abortion limit

Abortions will remain legal for up to 24 weeks into pregnancy after MPs rejected a series of attempts to cut the limit after an impassioned debate in the House of Commons.

It's a boy! The science of gender selection

Can your diet really determine the sex of your child? Scientists this week declared that first-time mothers who consume more calories around the time of conception are more likely to give birth to boys. The theories surrounding gender selection are as outlandish as they are numerous. So what should we believe?

Scarlett's body missing organs

The body of the murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling was returned to Britain with her uterus, kidneys and stomach missing.

'Now we have the technology that can make a cloned child'

A new form of cloning has been developed that is easier to carry out than the technique used to create Dolly the sheep, raising fears that it may one day be used on human embryos to produce "designer" babies.

Amazing Rare Things: Attenborough on the original naturalists

David Attenborough pays homage to the original naturalists in his latest show. They had some wild ideas, says Sophie Morris

Aspects of love and romantic reflections

To mark the approach of Valentine's Day, Jerry Hall asked some of her famous friends to share their thoughts about different kinds of love, from the romantic to the spiritual. Their answers make remarkably heart-warming reading
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It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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