Michael Crichton: chose not to practise medicine and instead became a one-man entertainment industry. Photograph: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

As a self-published writer with a comic novel and two column collections to my name, I have little time for the precious sensibilities of the traditio(...)

Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Roche is buying US-based gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics for $4.3 billion (€3.78 billion) after developments in this area convinced the Swi(...)

Former M*A*S*H* star Alan Alda was the guest speaker at the recent SciCom conference in Dublin. The actor  now leads a science communication programme at Stonybrook University.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“I want you all to join me in a rally to save the parasites,” says Maureen Williams onstage at the Science Gallery in Dublin’s Trinity College. “The s(...)

John Thero: “We’re taking the approach of make it [Vascepa] affordable, and hopefully we can help millions of patients and make some money along the way”

Stunning they called it. And it was, as Irish-American pharma group Amarin announced the results of a key clinical trial for its cholesterol drug last(...)

Cicero the peacock and owner Andrew Craigie at home by the Aga in Co Meath

We had over 57 varieties of animals at home when I was growing up. The figure seems extraordinary now but we once did a count. Tiny gerbils, elusive h(...)

The best food, and the best-tasting food, is food that has been cooked simply. You don’t need to be a masterchef. You just need to be able to chop that onion. Photograph: Kevin Clark/The Washington Post/Getty Images

“Gradually and then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway was talking about bankruptcy when he wrote those memorable lines in his novel, The Sun Also Rises. Bu(...)

There are a number of methods used to edit the DNA of any organism, and it is possible to be highly specific and precise when you go in to  make a genetic change

A quiet revolution is under way in laboratories across the developed world, one that has the potential to do nothing short of altering the course of h(...)

Some medical language is insensitive and it can be dangerously confusing. And yet it retains a magical hold over us practitioners.

Rise up readers. Push back patients. It’s time for the populace to challenge the world of medical terminology. Time to face down its many “isms” – fro(...)

Children enjoy the kids’ club at The Johnstown Estate. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Easter holidays are just ahead and there are plenty of ways to entertain the children in your life over the next two weeks. Here is a selection of(...)

Neuroscientists at NUI Galway have claimed to have made a breakthrough in regenerative medicine approaches to Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a c(...)

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