Discussing matters of life and death with your six-year-old son
Frank Field is one of parliament's most popular and respected mavericks. For this reason the Tory minister, his plans for reforming the welfare state have not received critical scrutiny
The "Brave New World" brigade is worrying unnecessarily about human cloning
China is more open than ever, but remains inscrutable to the west-and to itself. Aggression over Taiwan is only the most visible tension arising from chaotic growth
Why was the generation born in the 1920s and 1930s the last of the joiners?
Northern Irish writer Carlo Gébler sends a letter to an English friend
The significance of Ian Hargreaves' dismissal from the editorship of the Independent
Patent laws were designed to protect actual inventions, not discoveries of natural phenomena. Patenting the human gene is challenging that rule. This is not in the public interest