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Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

The US Supreme Court ruled that Myriad Genetics Inc. cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Photo: AP

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.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Scientists say reviving extinct species is possible, but question its ethics

Extinct species may one day be cloned from preserved tissues, such as this dodo bone. Photo: AFP

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania's dog-like "tigers" stalk their prey under the cover of night.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

Finding the Higgs boson tops scientific achievements this year

Finding the Higgs boson, and the year's other triumphs

From landing the Curiosity rover on Mars after a 350-million-mile journey, to the discovery of the world's most wanted subatomic particle, the top 10 scientific achievements of 2012 have been nominated by the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, showing the march of human knowledge in genetics, physics, cosmology, medicine and nanoscience.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:54am

US Supreme Court to decide if human genes can be patented

US Supreme Court to decide if human genes can be patented

The US Supreme Court agreed to consider whether human genes can be patented in an issue that has split the medical community and will shape the future of personalised health care and the biotechnology industry.

2 Dec 2012 - 7:04am

China's formula for biotech innovation

China pledges to increase investment in its biotechnology industry. Photo: AP

China has sought to balance its economic development with the need to invest in the well-being of its people, taking major steps to reform health care systems and extend vital services to its citizens. And China has focused on creating an innovation economy, notably pledging to increase investment in its biotechnology industry by more than US$300 billion in the next five years.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

Putting Asia on alert as bioterrorism risk grows

 The biotech industry, regarded as an engine for growth and job production, has been expanding rapidly in Asia. Photo: AFP

A global infectious disease outbreak involving a lethal pathogen - whether spread through a deliberate attack or originating from natural sources - could claim millions of lives and cause severe economic damage. It is essential not only to mitigate the consequences of a pandemic, but also - with respect to deliberate biological attacks - to minimise the likelihood that it will happen.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am 2 comments

Ankie Beilke says her love of fine wines improves with age

Ankie Beilke at the awards event.

Ankie Beilke grew up in Germany in a house with a wine cellar in the basement, so the model-actress developed her taste for wine at a young age. Now based in Hong Kong, her love of wine has not diminished.

"I have it with almost every meal. I really love [Italian red] amarone and [French white] Chablis," said Beilke, who is half German, half Chinese.

21 Sep 2012 - 1:35pm

China suspends 'GM rice' scientist pending further probes by ethics panel

Golden Rice grain compared to white rice grain.

Chinese health authorities have suspended a government researcher involved in a controversial genetically modified rice trial at a Hunan primary school and criticised the American research chief for failing to get the necessary approvals.

12 Sep 2012 - 12:18pm

Wine opinion: reds and oak

Age and provenance of oak barrels drastically affect wine.Photo: Bloomberg

Friends tell me they prefer red wine with oak. People say that wine must spend time in oak or it won't be good. But what does oak taste like? And is it essential that red wine be aged in oak?

15 Aug 2012 - 5:47pm

Hong Kong doctors hope stem cell treatment will ease boy's pain

A three-year-old boy abandoned by his mainland parents after being born with an agonising and deadly skin disease is set to undergo a pioneering stem-cell treatment at the Hong Kong hospital where he has lived since birth, the South China Morning Post has learned.

13 Aug 2012 - 7:42am

Health sector in Africa targeted

Chinese firms are poised to tap into the health sector in Africa after being already well established in mining, manufacturing, construction and finance.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am