I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer
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Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
72-year-old sperm donor to father his own grandchild
Any day now Craig Venter - geneticist, yachtsman and Vietnam veteran - will announce that he has achieved one of the greatest feats in science: the creation of artificial life. He talks to Ed Pilkington.
A 72-year-old man is due to become the father of his own "grandchild" by acting as a sperm donor for his daughter-in-law. The case is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
FRIDAY 5. OCTOBER 2007
In pictures: Ig Nobel prize 2007
Letter, Patrick Holford: Scientism not Science
Cambridge, Masachusetts, October 5 2007: Last night saw the presentation of the Ig Nobel awards 2007. Awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the prizes recognise 'achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think'
Car park meters can call for help
Colquhoun's attack on nutritional therapy (August 15th) as unscientific fails to address any actual points of science.
It's official: swallowing swords hurts your throat
A town is introducing "intelligent" car-park ticket machines which can automatically text for help if anyone attempts to break into or damage them.
· UK radiologist wins spoof Nobel prize for medicine· Study of the word 'the' captures literature award
THURSDAY 4. OCTOBER 2007
Herbalists' cocktails may do more harm than good, say researchers
Cold virus may be used in fight against cancer
· Call for individualised remedies to be banned· Little evidence to support claims of efficacy
Letter: A little vision could fly me to the moon
·Research suggests fewer treatment side-effects·Trials in humans planned for 18 months' time
Letter: Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first time human beings put anything into orbit (How Russia lost the moon, October 2). Twelve years later men walked on the moon.
WEDNESDAY 3. OCTOBER 2007
Zoological Society of London
Stem cell bank for drug testing may cut animal experiments
"The photo album of the Zoological Society of London, which has been running London Zoo for almost 180 years, will become accessible online for the first time today. Photographs of the historic zoo dating from the 19th century through to astonishing images of the present day can be viewed at www.zsl.org/printstore, bringing the Zoo’s history to life through the web."
Norfolk Broads could vanish, wildlife group warns
Plans to build a bank of stem cells that can be used to test the safety of new medicines were announced yesterday by a government-backed consortium of scientists and drug companies.
The Norfolk Broads, one of Britain's greatest natural treasures, is under increasing threat from pollution, rising sea levels and growing demand for water, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds warns today.
TUESDAY 2. OCTOBER 2007
Sergei Khrushchev: How Russia lost the moon
Sabre-toothed cat a fearsome killer with the bite of a moggy
Sergei Khrushchev: The Soviets squandered the lead in the space race that Sputnik gave them, despite my father's efforts.
Amazon jungle could be lost in 40 years, say campaigners
By using a computer modelling technique scientists in Australia have compared Smilodon fossils with modern lion skulls.
· Development threatens world's oldest rainforest · Conservationists attack plans for transport routes
MONDAY 1. OCTOBER 2007
Soviet scientist tells of Sputnik gamble
Smoking ban benefits bar staff
Space pioneer recalls secret team's hurried pursuit of 'silly fantasy'.
How old masters are helping study of global warming
Exposure to second-hand smoke for people working in bars and clubs has dropped by 95% since July 1's ban on indoor smoking in England.
Paintings of striking sunsets show effect of huge volcanic eruptions on climate.
SATURDAY 29. SEPTEMBER 2007
Pinning down a remedy for backache
Ben Goldacre: This week, a new study was published on acupuncture. Many newspapers said it showed acupuncture performing better than medical treatment: in fact it was 8 million times more interesting than that.
FRIDAY 28. SEPTEMBER 2007
Lancet condemns hospital deep-clean proposals
Grape genes outscore humans
Recent government initiatives to combat superbugs in hospitals were today condemned by a leading medical journal for not being based on scientific fact.
Warning for UK stem cell research if US relaxes rules
French and Italian researchers have decoded the genome of the pinot noir grape, a breakthrough that could one day lead to the engineering of pest-resistant strains or - more controversially - new varieties and flavours of wine.
Drug firms search for clues to prevent serious side effects
The UK is in danger of losing its leading position in stem cell research if the next US president relaxes restrictions imposed by George Bush, according to the new head of the Medical Research Council.
· Industry enlists academia to identify medical threats· Gains in safety would save firms hundreds of millions
THURSDAY 27. SEPTEMBER 2007
Exercise can increase risk of miscarriage
Women who jog or play racket sports and ball games early in pregnancy risk losing their baby, according to a study of more than 90,000 pregnant women in Denmark.