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  1. Lifestyle - Technology - GENETICS

    Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... of natural DNA patent protection could hurt biotech companies, but specialists said it left enough safeguards for the industry to keep innovating. The court ruled that Myriad Genetics, which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for cancer, could not claim patents on the DNA it identified in the 1990s to develop the tests. Some critics said the ruling would inhibit other companies ...

  2. Comment - Blogs

    Sunday Science

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 02:11pm by Christy Choi

    ... in Sweden have found that a genetic switch made it possible for dogs to go from meat-munching wolves to man's leftover-loving best friend. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Chinese genome the focus as gene bank builds up

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

    ... the Zhejiang University-Adinovo Centre for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, said the databank was the first of its kind to cover a wide range of serious illnesses and to receive a supply of samples from ... 'This will contribute to better treatment and prevention.' About 1,400 illnesses could already be detected through genetic sequencing, but mainland scientists had focused their clinical ...

  5. Next

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if? Next grew from the Jurassic Park author's astonishment at the state of the law in relation to genetics when he attended a conference on the subject. That diseases could be owned, ... by a client, BioGen head Rick Diehl, who's sprung his rich wife with her tennis pro. He wants her tested genetically- for everything. If a genetic predisposition to a serious ailment can be found, ...

  6. Blame the genes

    Posted Mar 20th 2006, 12:00am by Margaret Cheng

    ... cancers. But some people have been given bad tickets in the genetic lottery. For them, following the rules isn't enough, especially if their environment triggers their genetic tendency to form a particular cancer. Childhood cancers are often a result of unfortunate genetic combinations, coupled with an environmental trigger. In lung cancer too, there's a group of women, typically young ...

  7. Screened to be believed

    Posted Apr 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... gap, Kwong established the registry in December 2007 to further research BRCA mutations in the Chinese population and provide genetic counselling, testing and support to high-risk patients. ... and genetic counsellors will be on hand to speak to the public; proper breast self-examination techniques will also be taught. The roving exhibition, held from noon to 7pm each day, kicks off at Times ...

  8. Doctors see arsenic as new hope for cancer

    Posted Oct 09th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... been involved in a separate project on using gene therapy to combat nasopharyngeal cancer. The treatment would use a virus which replicates only in cancer cells to deliver a genetic ... called nitrosamine. Also, southern Chinese people have been found to be genetically more prone to develop nasopharyngeal cancer. Professor Sham said this meant that despite the drop in cases, ...

  9. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Cancer reflects the processes of the evolution of life

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 12:00am by GUARDIAN

    ... that reflect their ancestral past, such as the atavistic tails or supernumerary nipples some people are born with. Evolution necessarily builds on earlier genomes. Sometimes older genetic pathways ... to revert to ever earlier genetic pathways. Ancient genes remain functional only if they continue to fulfil a biological purpose. In early-stage embryo development, when the basic body plan is laid ...

  10. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH BITES

    Health Bites

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by JEANETTE WANG

    ... a "genetic marker" method to help accurately profile which women are more likely to have their breast cancer return years later. Using a simple blood test, a research team led by Professor ... could be improved by complementing tumour-based markers with the DNA marker. "Treatment strategies could be tailor-made for these women based on their genetic make-up and how susceptible ...




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