Micro-organs to shape the future of personalised medicine
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but also provide doctors with a way to personalise treatment for patients with diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer. Ben Gruber has more
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have called for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine after talks in Geneva. But as Sonia Legg reports the prospect of further sanctions is being clouded by divisions within Europe and big companies.
Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reg
gie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel. Quartet will be showing in UK cinemas from 1 January 2013.