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  1. Shenzhen lab finishes first Asian genetic map

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen The world's first genetic mapping of an Asian - a healthy Han Chinese man - was completed in a Shenzhen laboratory, a research team announced on Thursday. From now, ... With the genetic map, diseases such as breast cancer can be predicted with high accuracy and treated before they occur, Professor Wang said. This is the third individual genome sequence in the world, ...

  2. Question of the week: What do you think about genetic engineering?

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Kin-kan, 15, Diocesan Boys' SchoolPeople say that genetic engineering is unnatural and even evil. But this 'evil' technology reduces production costs, meaning the poor can afford more food. Genetically engineered crops have better resistance to pests and diseases. They have a longer shelf life, so are easier to transport. Less herbicide and other chemicals ...

  3. China's gene sequence a genetic milestone

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The complete gene map of an ethnic Han Chinese was released at a hi-tech fair in Shenzhen this week, marking another milestone in the development of genetic science on the mainland. The map is the first whole gene sequencing of an Asian and the third full DNA sequence of a human. But it is significant in another respect. The genome of a people is their genetic heritage. ...

  4. Genetic testing plays crucial role

    Posted Mar 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the nucleic acid which contains the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of living organisms. It is found in every cell of the body, and the genetic coding is the same for all ... of DNA testing, or genetic fingerprinting, was to compare the DNA sample obtained from the evidence with that obtained from a suspect. 'We use a machine called applied biosystems to measure ...

  5. Genetic tests urged to cut breast cancer risk

    Posted Sep 10th 2007, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... with the Stanford University Medical Centre in the United States, as well as the two local medical faculties. Programme director Ava Kwong said the centre had so far conducted genetic testing for 69 breast ... that genetic testing can keep the patients' family members under health surveillance early,' Dr Kwong said. 'Sometimes, people with the mutation may consider removing the breasts ...

  6. HKUST team in genetic discovery on schizophrenia

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The scientists looked for genetic patterns, focusing on the schizophrenia gene the HKUST team earlier identified on chromosome five. Professor Xue said positive selection is generally good for humans, but in some instances may result in terrible diseases. 'Some mutations are bad so we try to eliminate them,' she said. The bad mutations play a role in many genetic diseases. Dr Xue said her ...

  7. Bargain basement rates just across the border for gene sequencing

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... humans. Armadillos and wallabies will be next, says the science journal Nature. But I say let the Chinese do it. Mainland scientists unveiled the world's first genetic mapping of a healthy ...

  8. A dip in the gene pool

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... score of 1,400 or above, he elicited far fewer protests. 'Most of you are troubled by some aspect or other of the project of genetic engineering for enhancement,' Professor Sandel ... Council on Bioethics in the US, sets out in his book The Case Against Perfection to draw the moral line between genetic engineering for the purposes of health and that of enhancement. He painted ...

  9. To get to the NBA: practise, practise, practise... and hope for the right gene

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... genetic code can add an extra centimetre to a healthy person. The research, carried out by an international consortium led by Timothy Frayling of Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England, surveyed the entire genome of thousands of volunteers to link tiny genetic changes to height variations. The gene in question is called HMGA2. The research team found that people with two copies ...

  10. DNA

    Posted Mar 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Genetics is the study of the way physical traits and characteristics are passed from one generation to the next. Genetics includes the study of genes, which have a special code called DNA. Prepared by Karen Lee Bracher A Use these words to complete the sentences: information, cellular, process, cell, genetic DNA- short for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (pronounced: ...




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