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  1. Genetic form of Parkinson's may affect hundreds

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Disease attacks younger patients Hundreds of Hongkongers could be suffering from Parkinson's caused by genetic mutation, a form of the disease that attacks younger patients, researchers say. Neurological Society vice-president Ng Ping-wing said genetic mutations could account for 5 to 10 per cent of the city's 10,000 sufferers. He was commenting on a survey begun ...

  2. Genetically engineered

    Posted Apr 05th 2008, 12:00am by Calum Gordon

    ... The Mercedes C63 AMG has racing in its DNA, writes Calum Gordon One could be forgiven for thinking that the 'C' in Mercedes-Benz's standard C-class car might stand for 'conservative'. It's nice enough, but it's a mid-ran ...

  3. Should parents be able to have designer babies?

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Wu, Esther Pang

    ... Dennis Wu, Esther Pang Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week... Dennis Wu, 17, St Joseph's College Should parents be allowed to genetically modify their babies? ... has helped prolong our lifespan and the 'survival of the fittest' concept was thus taken out of the equation. To improve mankind, we need to make full use of our genetic engineering ...

  4. The gene team

    Posted Mar 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a single Chinese person.' Fang and his team of more than 100 bioinformatics experts are working at China's newest, largest and most dynamic centre for genetic research. Called the Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen (BGI-Shenzhen), the facility opened last April and is dedicated to the fastest developing area of genetic science: medical genomics. Its discoveries should herald ...

  5. Three-parent embryo

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Three-parent embryos are another scientific breakthrough that have caused controversy, followed news that embryos whose genetic materials come from a man and two women have been successfully created earlier this month. A research team at The Newcastle University in Britain reveals that, for the first time in genetic engineering, they are able to manipulate three DNA sources ...

  6. HKU team finds gene for intestinal disease

    Posted Apr 09th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Vincent Lui Chi-hang, and paediatric surgery chair Paul Tam Kwong-hang presented the discovery yesterday and said it would be vital in genetic-disease research. They called the disease a 'model' and their findings wide-reaching because, like 95 per cent of genetic illnesses, it was caused by multiple genes. Dr Lui's team discovered that the homeobox B5 gene affects a gene ...

  7. Urban Jungle

    Posted Jun 20th 2008, 12:00am by Eric Lai

    ... science has come in the past 10 years, especially in the area of biotechnology, and in particular, genetic engineering and molecular biology. I remember that when I first decided to leave my mathematics and physics career to pursue a biology-based one, I was enticed by a new course on offer called 'genetics'. It was a burgeoning science at the time and much of it was in the area ...

  8. What's a few million yuan when stroking pandas and prestige

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Nothing, it seems, is too expensive to do for the pandas. A group of geneticists and conservation biologists from five countries led by mainland scientists will sequence the animal's genome. The project, spearheaded by the Shenzhen branc ...

  9. Government urged to move on mandatory GM food labelling

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee Greenpeace wants the government to move quickly to introduce mandatory labelling of genetically modified food after a survey found none of 894 pre-packaged food items carried such labels. The environmental group also found that all seven bean curd products it tested were genetically modified, but only two of the samples were labelled. Both those samples were packaged ...

  10. What's in it? Pullulan

    Posted May 13th 2008, 12:00am by Susan Schwartz

    ... Susan Schwartz What's it used in? An edible and mostly tasteless polymer produced from starch, pullulan is found in breath fresheners and oral hygiene products such as mouthwash, tooth whiteners and lipstick. What does it do? It's used to bind i ...




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