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  1. Scientists seek to unravel the mystery of IQ

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... with samples from 1,000 children of average intelligence, searching for genetic variations. The study will examine protein coding genes of the extremely smart children, many of whom are expected to enrol at Harvard, Yale or Cambridge. The results will be correlated with each youngster's school test scores, in hopes of learning how specific genetic variations affect intelligence. ...

  2. Geneticist a vital figure in road map for future

    Posted May 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or bio-terror. Scientists have previously assembled a whole genome, but the genetic sequences were much shorter than the 1.1 million base pairs of the four-letter genetic alphabet that the US team has ... mycoides genome and starts to function and reproduce like one. Undoubtedly, we are at the threshold of tinkering or even creating entire genomes, as opposed to the more traditional genetic ...

  3. Genetic data on IQ could mislead, academics say

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... to their genetic parents than adopted parents. The IQ study by Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) on the genetic difference between prodigies and average children will enable people to understand human intelligence better, but could also be misleading. As biological professor Dennis Hedgecock from the University of Southern California cautioned: 'Investigations into genetic differences among ...

  4. New test for genetic defects non-invasive

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... University, is expected to become available to the public within five years. At present, the most common way to tell if a foetus has a genetic disorder or congenital defect is to test samples ... the entire set of foetal DNA and thus makes it possible to test for multiple diseases at the same time. Lo said while the new technology was able to detect all genetic diseases, only five to 10 ...

  5. Two sides to genetically modified food

    Posted Jul 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In the last decade, genetically modified food has become more common worldwide. Some people think such food is harmful to human beings. But I believe there are both positive and negative consequences to its use. On the positive side, GM crops can help increase the supply of food and reduce food shortages in some developing countries. Many people around the world are starving because ...

  6. HK scientists to map genetics of tumours

    Posted Apr 16th 2010, 12:00am by Irene Jay Liu

    ... are caused by a combination of genetics and environmental and lifestyle factors, data would also be collected on each patient's personal history, although researchers have established ethical guidelines to ensure privacy. The research is an opportunity to study the genetic roots of brain tumours, which remain largely a mystery. More importantly, studying the genetics of brain tumours may ...

  7. genetically modified crops

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reading comprehension Answer the following questions: 1 Why did India introduce a genetically modified version of the aubergine? a. The supply of the organic aubergine is decreasing ... the genetically modified plant is healthier. 2. Environmentalists have blamed the introduction of GM seeds for... a. climate change b. crop failure c. increasing pests and deceases d. rising suicides ...

  8. How Jingjing can help reveal the mysteries of DNA sequencing

    Posted Dec 27th 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam What is DNA sequencing about? Let's take the panda as an example. Organisms' genomes could contain billions of base pairs- nucleotides on opposite sides of a DNA strand. DNA sequencing uses biochemical methods to determine the order of ...

  9. Patients rally for home help

    Posted Dec 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Canace Wong

    ... Canace Wong It is tradition for Chinese families to stay at home and have a meal together to mark the winter solstice, which fell last night. However, for some muscular dystrophy patients who have had trachea surgery to help them breathe, there is no such ...

  10. LAByrinth

    Posted Nov 14th 2010, 12:00am by Jing Zhang

    ... Jing Zhang Who started it? Chinese-Canadian designer and artist Elaine Young started LAByrinth in 2005 as a biotech fashion label and communications studio. Her obsession with bringing the arts and sciences together is evident in the LAByrinth project. &# ...




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