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From brain cells to batteries, is there anything focused ion beam–scanning electron microscopy can’t study?

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Access to drugs: a failure of pharma?

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Many people around the world are either unable to afford the drugs they need, or their conditions have not been addressed by pharma R&D. Sarah Houlton investigates

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Delivering gene therapy

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After some well-publicised problems, gene therapy – delivering DNA into people’s cells using viruses – is booming, Anthony King finds

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2017 marks 200 years since Leopold Gmelin first published his influential handbook – and it’s still going strong, as Mike Sutton discovers

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Raiders of the lost pigments

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The old sculptures in museums have lost their original colour, but chemistry can help us discover how they used to look

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Spinning out spider silk research

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Spider silk is finding applications as diverse as tissue transplants and training shoes

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The future of wearable gadgets will be tiny, flexible, skin-like devices capable of monitoring your health

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Did life start on land or underwater?

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Should older academics be forced to retire?

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Why some universities are requiring staff to step down

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Back to school

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Why a second degree could open up new avenues in your career

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Maintaining the UK's nuclear deterrent

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The scientific challenges of working on a weapon that can never be tested

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