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  1. Hunt for genetic secret of Sichuan pig who survived amid quake rubble

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam Is the reason the strong-willed pig managed to survive 36 days under the rubble of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, which left nearly 88,000 people and 4 million pigs dead, that it is genetically superior to other pigs? A mainland tycoon and the country's leading DNA sequencing institute said they would find out by studying the four-year-old pig's DNA and comparing ...

  2. Feeling aggressive? It could be your 'warrior gene' in action

    Posted Jul 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Do you have the 'warrior gene'? I believe that I am a peaceful man, longing for harmony: I never shout at lazy students (yes, they do exist at Asia's No1 university, HKUST); and I never used to beat my two boys when they were small and very ...

  3. Shedding light on the shape of life

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The researchers designed a synthetic genetic programme and applied it to E coli bacteria, successfully controlling how it grew. The research was easily able to alter the number of stripes formed ... in a snake's spinal column, are formed by specific genetic formulas. In nature, repetitive patterns and structures are precisely controlled. Researchers have uncovered a basic principle that will allow ...

  4. Pregnant with life-saving ideas

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... reduces the number of pregnant women who have to undergo invasive procedures such as amniocentesis- or amniotic fluid test- that may lead to miscarriage. Down's syndrome is a genetic ...

  5. HK scientists find new way to spot fetal abnormalities

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as comparative genomic hybridisation it can spot abnormalities that are invisible to the conventional approach, karyotype analysis, which uses microscopes. First used in 2009 at the prenatal genetic ... because we wanted to introduce a more comprehensive search for genetic abnormalities with small DNA regions,' Professor Richard Choy Kwong-wai, an associate professor in the obstetrics ...

  6. HK$10m funding urged

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Cheng jennifer.cheng@scmp.com The Hospital Authority is being urged to allocate HK$10 million to increase specialist staff to treat adult patients with the blood disease thalassaemia and the blood-clotting ailment haemophilia at more flexible hou ...

  7. 100 Most Important Science Ideas

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The ideas range from the simple to the sophisticated and include chaos theory, genetic diseases, DNA tests, string theory, gene therapy, superconductivity, fractals, cloning and game theory. Divided into three sections- genetics, physics, and mathematics- each section is written by one of the authors. Mark Henderson is a specialist in genetics, Joanne Baker is editor of Nature and a physics ...

  8. Gene lab banned over test for sex

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Doctors believe that some women are abusing a genetic test offered by DiagCor Bioscience which can identify the sex of a baby and its chances of developing a severe sex-linked genetic disorder. Parents who have a family history of a severe genetic disorder use this test to determine the chances of the fetus developing a severe genetic disease. DiagCor in Kowloon Bay is the only ...

  9. GM foods and the right to choose

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... showed people were clearly in favour of legislation to provide for the labelling of genetically modified products. But the government opted for voluntary guidelines in 2006, citing reasons like high compliance costs for the industry and the lack of international consensus on testing standards. That means Hong Kong is lagging behind the world in mandating labelling of genetically ...

  10. 'GM-free' soy drink claims deceptive, watchdog says

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam maggie.tam@scmp.com The consumer watchdog has called for mandatory labelling of all food products with genetically modified ingredients after finding some so-called ... by the Centre for Food Safety suggest a 'genetically modified' tag for products exceeding 5 per cent GM components. 'Although there is no immediate proof of any health hazard caused ...




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