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60A crisis in pathology Pathology is central to the fight against disease. But since the Alder Hey scandal the profession has been under attack. SUE ARMSTRONG
12Crisis watch How many Madoffs? JONATHAN FORD
20Washington watch Clashing egos in Bamalot. RENEGADE
25This sporting life Let’s win the World Cup. DAVID GOLDBLATT
41These islands Nudity in church. TERENCE KEALEY
52China café Termites are eating my house. MARK KITTO
57Previous convictions Faith: mother of invention. EHSAN MASOOD
58Lab report Obama’s crack science team. PHILIP BALL
63Brussels diary The return of Russian jokes. MANNEKEN PIS
88Confessions Secrets of a debt adviser. DAVID GAFFNEY
6Letters 8News & curiosities 10Grayling’s question AC GRAYLING 10Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 86The generalist 87The list
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64Fungi After Tess died, Adam started to hate her family. He hated them almost as much as his own talent for coping. JAMES SCUDAMORE
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72When we dead awaken Is this the first great novel of the 21st century? Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 is an epic that is funny, filthy, and obsessed to the point of madness with violent death. TOM CHATFIELD
74Relatively speaking As a fine new book on moral relativisim demonstrates, sometimes it’s vital to be able to tell someone else they’re wrong. MICHAEL BYWATER
75The risible wizard of Oz How did Rupert Murdoch end up the subject of an official biography with such a sharp sense of his ridiculousness? KIM FLETCHER
76Not to be sniffed at Pandemic influenza is the greatest public health threat our society faces. Yet we’re barely aware of the pandemic of 1918. TONY BARNETT
77The king and I A new biography of the last Shah of Iran is engaging but blind to the deepest causes and consequences of the revolution. MICHAEL AXWORTHY
70Widescreen The Prospect Oscars. MARK COUSINS
79Private view Pop goes the art bubble. BEN LEWIS
80Performance notes Opera in the cinema. MARTIN KETTLE
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