The genetic controls of leaf shape could allow us to boost crop yields, meet the challenge of feeding the world and adapt to climate change.

Regulating cigarettes like drugs will raise the bar on the quality of evidence behind industry claims for 'healthier' cigarettes.

If an influenza pandemic is declared, investigations by New Scientist suggest that global preparedness for a pandemic is extremely patchy.

New tools are coming online to enable health workers to pool knowledge and better deal with disease outbreaks.