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  1. 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 ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - PROFILE

    Yuen Kwok-yung - the stoic scientist soldiers on

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

    ... The man behind the city's bird flu findings is no stranger to meeting dead ends in research, he simply lets go and moves on Long before the H7N9 novel coronavirus emerged ... with the disease. And even before news of the H7N9 virus emerged in the mainland last month, the researcher alarmed the world with his finding on the novel coronavirus in the Middle East. He said ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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, ...

  5. Close watch needed on Sars-related virus, expert warns

    Posted Feb 28th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... an expert says. Yuen Kwok-yung, chair of the department of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the human coronavirus HKU had already caused people to fall seriously ill in Hong Kong, ... The man survived. In 2003, Professor Yuen's team was among the first to find that severe acute respiratory syndrome was caused by a mutation of the coronavirus, which, until then, was thought ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Mutating virus aids Sars attacks

    Posted Jan 31st 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The Sars coronavirus has been rapidly mutating into a form more efficient at attacking humans, a new study has found. The study also confirmed that the virus could jump from ... enables it to enter human cells. Dr Chiu said it showed that the Sars coronavirus was under great pressure to change in order to become an efficient human virus. Through the deletion of 29 units ...

  8. Outbreak of fear

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... effects. A nervous populace was also rattled by rumours that Hong Kong would be treated like a 'plague city' and its borders closed. When the new coronavirus identified as the cause ...

  9. Investment in science will pay off tomorrow

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that on his internship, he would work on the Sars coronavirus to understand how it interacts with host cells. 'It is important because we do not know if Sars will come back. If it comes back ...

  10. Turbulent days from local rumour to international alert

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... numbers are leaving out infections in the community. 22 The University of Hong Kong announces that a coronavirus is responsible for Sars. A diagnostic test is developed. 23 Hospital Authority ... that the coronavirus has been found in civet 'cats', Hong Kong suspends imports of civet game meat. 28 The chief executive announces the setting up of an Expert Committee to review the management ...




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