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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    China approves DNA-sequencing devices to detect genetic defects in unborn babies

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 04:56pm by Angela Meng

    ... company BGI's sequencers- which help map out the sequence of a person's genetic code, which in turn determine traits such as eye colour and skin colour or even the propensity to certain diseases. The medical devices, called second-generation gene sequencing diagnostic products, are used for non-invasive tests on the foetus to detect genetic diseases such as Down's syndrome. ...

  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Immunity genes could hold clues to cause of schizophrenia, study says

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by NYT

    ... in the journal Nature. Though far from producing a "smoking gun", the findings provide substantial support for a genetic root to the disorder and greatly narrow the search for genes that may cause the disease, the authors said. "The fact that we were able to detect genetic risk factors on this massive scale shows that schizophrenia can be tackled by the same approaches ...

  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Genetic profile of 6th century plague offers clues to how pandemics spread

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 05:21pm by Olivia Rosenman

    ... Olivia Rosenman olivia.rosenman@scmp.com Lessons in mutation and emergence of novel germs from sequencing of 6th century scourge A single pathogen has been identified as responsible for the Plague of Justinian and Black Death, deadly pandemics eight centu ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hospitals in China 'lagging behind' on genetic tests for lung cancer

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 04:17am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Hospitals lagging on cancer gene test Fewer hospitals in China conduct genetic tests on lung cancer patients compared to Western countries, even though Asians are genetically more susceptible to the disease, a leading cancer expert has warned. Speaking days after he chaired the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Professor Tony Mok ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Chinese University screening tests to pick up genetic illness in newborns

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Chinese University programme will screen babies for a range of disorders to prevent skin problems, mental defects- and even death Tests to pick up genetic illness in newborns Hong Kong's first screening programme for a range of congenital genetic disorders in newborn babies that can cause a lack of body enzymes, leading to organ damage, has been launched ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    New genetic testing clinic opens next week at Prince of Wales Hospital

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Genetic testing clinic opens next week The Chinese University's outpatient genetic clinic set up in collaboration with a US medical school will open next week to train more experts and provide a wider range of tests. The clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital will offer consultation services and diagnosis for genetic diseases such as growth disorders ...

  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Even light drinkers have increased risk of heart disease, says study

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:48pm by AGENCIES

    ... carry a genetic variant of the alcohol dehydrogenase 1B gene, which tends to lower their alcohol consumption because it causes them unpleasant symptoms, had on average a 10 per cent lower risk ... alcohol consumption could be beneficial for your heart." Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, said the study did have some limitations, ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Mysteries of myopia may soon become clear

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei Wei.lo@scmp.com Huge pool of genetic data could hold answer to what causes short-sightedness and why it affects 80pc of Asians and 30pc of Westerners Mysteries of myopia may soon ... that both groups share similar myopic-related genes. And they say the data will lead towards the development of genetic tests for short-sightedness, clinically known as myopia. It is estimated ...

  9. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    British study links carb breakdown gene in saliva to obesity

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:39am by GUARDIAN

    ... The Guardian British researchers say discovery of material in saliva suggests dietary advice should focus on genetic predisposition to digest different foods Carb breakdown gene tied ... be at higher risk of obesity. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, suggest that dietary advice may need to focus more on a person's digestive system, based on whether they have the genetic ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Poor diet blamed for rise in metabolic condition

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:19am by Emily Tsang

    ... becoming more health-conscious and improving their diets in recent years, he said. The rise in patients with the condition could be due to genetic factors or a growing trend for people to have ...




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