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  1. News - Hong Kong - PROFILE

    Yuen Kwok-yung- the stoic scientist soldiers on

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... soldiers on Long before the H7N9 novel coronavirus emerged in the mainland, University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, along with other researchers, warned the world that if another ... on the novel coronavirus in the Middle East. He said the Sars-related virus that had killed 11 people was not just potentially deadlier than Sars, but also more "promiscuous" in that it could ...

  2. Agency still seeking link in five cases of pneumonia

    Posted Jan 04th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... usually raises an alert as it might be caused by a new organism, as happened with the emergence of Sars in 2003. Sars was caused by a novel coronavirus which until then only caused the common ...

  3. A shot in the arm

    Posted Feb 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... in a Hong Kong hotel and spread globally in March 2003. The team found a novel coronavirus was causing the disease, which infected 1,755 people across the city and caused 300 deaths. 'The good ...

  4. Ignorance was always the biggest enemy as scientists raced to unravel the mystery virus

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... made it so deadly. On March 26, 2003, the University of Hong Kong's team of virologists determined that Sars was caused by a 'tricky' new coronavirus. Until Sars surfaced, there were only 11 known animal coronaviruses, so named for their halo- or crown-like (corona) appearance under a microscope. Coronaviruses had been known to cause colds in humans and were associated ...

  5. Flu breakthrough sows vital seeds for future

    Posted Jun 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... diseases. Largely thanks to their work, our city's bio-defences have been if not impregnable, at least highly effective. Their latest breakthrough comes with identifying a novel vulnerability ... of innovation and scientific excellence in this important medical field. For example, HKU scientists and doctors were the first in the world to identify the coronavirus as the causative agent of Sars. ...

  6. HKU finds new drug and route to fight flu

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... hope of a new defence against pandemics. The research findings, published in the international science journal Nature Biotechnology today, identifies a 'novel drug target' for killing ... have very effective drugs to fight against, such as parainfluenza and Sars coronaviruses.' After the team's effort to develop drugs against the Sars coronavirus in 2004 and 2005, ...



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