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  • Leading article: The demons of the far right raise their heads again
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    Gianni Alemanno's surprise victory over Francesco Rutelli in the Italian capital's mayoral elections yesterday is not a welcome shift in power, despite the extended domination of Mr Rutelli's centre-left administration over Roman politics in recent y...

  • Leading article: The contest is local, the significance national
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Indeed, the capital has become something of a proxy battleground for the main political parties in recent weeks. Boris Johnson has been thrust forward as a representative of David Cameron's modernising Conservative Party; with its new emphasis on inc...

  • Leading article: The price of our oil dependency
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    The Forties Pipeline, which provides 30 per cent of the UK's daily oil output from the North Sea, has been shut because it relies on electricity and steam generated from Grangemouth. The Government fears a repeat of the politically damaging fuel prot...

  • Len Seymour: This is only the beginning of what gene therapy can do
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    The University College London/Moorfields study is a welcome step forward. It highlights the principle that gene therapy can be used to improve vision in some patients with Leber's congenital amaurosis, giving hope where there was none before. Hope is...

  • Letters: Two-state solution
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    The civil war between Palestinians and Jews (November 1947-April 1948) and international war between Arab states and Israel (May-December 1948) would not have been necessary had the Palestinians and Arab states accepted the UN plan for a Jewish and a...

  • Leading article: Web of intrigue
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    Though cobwebs look fragile to our eyes, the webbing has an incredible tensile strength; it is several times stronger than steel of the same thickness. The silk is also phenomenally elastic. For many years, scientists have been searching for a method...

  • Dr Ian Stephen: The traumatising effect of isolation
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    She might also have developed Stockholm syndrome, eventually becoming totally passive and fully compliant to all of her father's demands, in order to survive her fear of him. How she's going to express herself and relate to other people in society is...

  • Letters: Saving the white rhino
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Professor Millar proposes a very ambitious but impractical solution to the extinction crisis facing this animal. While the chimera technique may have been successful with mice, it is an enormous leap to generalise this success to a large vertebrate l...

  • Leading article: Clearer view
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Leber's Congenital Amaurosis leads to progressive loss of sight. It is caused by a single fault in a single gene. Now, by injecting a solution containing the normal gene into the retina at the back of a sufferer's eye, researchers from Moorfields hav...

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