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

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

Curd your enthusiasm

Cheese is often paired with the wine - usually a red - that remains in the glasses of diners in the interlude between the main course and dessert. With a bit of thought, this pairing can be made into a highlight of a meal.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

How a daring fine wine endeavour matured

Mandy Chan was born and raised in Canada but has strong ties to Hong Kong, where her parents live. When the financial crisis struck in 2008, she and her husband, Jason Ginsberg, saw a chance to become wine merchants in Hong Kong. The result was Ginsberg+Chan Wine Merchants Asia, which showcases a wide catalogue of rare and fine bottles, from prominent to more obscure wineries.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Corkscrew

When I look at a label, I often wonder how long that particular wine brand has been around. That is especially true when it comes to port; some bottles have been around for hundreds of years. The Douro (Oporto) region of Portugal is the oldest defined wine region in the world, having been given its appellation in 1756.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From blank slate to black sheep sake expert

Londoner Matthew Bradford, group beverage buyer of the Cafe Deco Group, started his F&B career at the age of 19 as a kitchen porter at Le Dome on Paris' Left Bank. He has since worked in other parts of France, as well as Britain and Canada. His career history includes a stint at The Groucho Club in London, and posts as a bar and restaurant manager, wine buyer and wine buying consultant.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Learn from the masters

It is increasingly generally accepted within the wine and spirits business in Asia that market education is the key to sales success. Consumers are becoming more sophisticated in their tastes. Many more are now moving from making choices on a basis of simple brand recognition towards discerning personal preferences that reflect real understanding of a wide range of products.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Presentation adds to prestige

Wine lovers can usually tell from one glance at a label whether the contents are likely to be worth savouring. But on the mainland, where drinking wine is still something of a novelty, it is necessary to spell out that a wine is special, particularly if presenting it as a gift, through elaborate packaging and ornate lettering.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am