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  1. News - World - DISEASE

    Scientists make genetic map of Ebola disease strain raging through Africa

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 09:25pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune International team of researchers have completed genome sequence of the disease strain now raging in Africa, a key step in finding a vaccine Ebola virus yields its ... with a single transmission from an animal to a human in Guinea. It also shows that this lineage, which first emerged in humans in 2013, diverged from other variants of Ebola in 2004. Sabeti and her team ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    Close cramped, dated city zoo to protect well-being of animals

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by LETTERS

    ... is that the water bowls for the animals are made of plastic, which can spread disease. Significant renovation is needed and living conditions have to be vastly improved if the zoo is to continue to operate. ... Shut cramped, dated city zoo to protect well-being of animals Hong Kong zoo is too crowded. As a densely populated metropolis, Hong Kong can barely house all the people here, let alone ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 03:47am by GUARDIAN

    ... appalling. They put lives at risk, that much is clear. But they were shocking, too, due to where they happened. The US government's high-security disease-control laboratories, which house samples of the most harmful germs in the world, cannot afford to screw up. First came news of a single incident. Staff working on deadly bioterrorism agents at the Centres for Disease Control ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - LEISURE

    Small cages and nothing to do: Hong Kong Zoo animals 'trapped in the 19th century'

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by SARAH KARACS

    ... Sarah Karacs sarah.karacs@scmp.com Zoo's animals are 'trapped in 19th century' At more than 140 years old, Hong Kong zoo is home to almost 400 animals, including ... for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But the city is studying how to modernise it. "It's like a menagerie from the turn of the last century," said Dr Jane Grey, the deputy director ...

  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Jack Ma says Scotland hunting trip was to 'study animal conservation'

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 03:03am by Chris Luo

    ... in Britain, saying the trip two years ago was for animal conservation, not recreation. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) also defended Ma, a director on the organisation's board, after Britain's ... the development of conservation zones in Europe and examine the control of wild animal populations. "It is utterly different from [what] the … pictures in the media reports showed, and is a far cry ...

  6. Lifestyle

    Fish oil may not be a defence against heart disease, research shows

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:49pm by Sasha Gonzales

    ... Sasha Gonzales life@scmp.com Long-held scientific claims that omega-3 defends against heart disease may have been flawed, writes Sasha Gonzales Something fishy You've probably heard ... by two Danish physicians, Hans Olaf Bang and Jorn Dyerberg in the 1970s, which revealed that the low incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) among the Greenland Inuits was linked ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    WHO's Dr Chan warns of animal disease risk to humans

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Over the past 30 years, 70pc of infectious diseases came from animals, agency chief warns Rise in animal diseases infecting humans: WHO The World Heath Organisation's director general has warned the public to expect an increasing trend of animal diseases jumping to humans. Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun's advice came after the emergence this year ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - LEISURE

    Ocean Park teams up with mainland operator in hopes of drawing more visitors

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:15am by Phila Siu

    ... cooperation with the mainland's biggest marine park operator for another three years, to explore how to reach out to more visitors and to share research into aquarium animals. The two sides would exchange aquarium creatures as well as knowledge on how to resolve animal-related problems, such as disease prevention, the mainland operator, Haichang, said yesterday. They would also explore ways ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, August 30, 2014

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by LETTERS

    ... It seems to be serving a cause worthy of support. The activity has led to huge donations, suggesting hope for more effective treatment for the disease through greater research. However, it has been ... of this disease. Also, huge amounts of water and energy are wasted. When so much has been said and done to avoid wastage, the idea of in effect pouring away all this water is not acceptable. Energy ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong Red Cross volunteers return from Ebola-stricken Liberia, free of disease

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:45am by CHRIS LAU, TIMMY SUNG

    ... Chris Lau and Timmy Sung Volunteers return from Ebola-stricken Liberia Two local volunteers who worked to fight Ebola in Liberia arrived back in Hong Kong yesterday disease-free, as lawmakers gathered to discuss measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the city. Clinical psychologist Eliza Cheung Yee-lai and Dr May Yeung Pui-shan, both from Hong Kong Red Cross, showed ...




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