Calls for more penalties after embryo mix-up

An embryo mix-up by a reproductive treatment centre has spurred calls for more penalties for clinics or hospitals in breach of the rules.

Tuesday, 19 July, 2011, 12:00am

Outrage online at mix-up of embryos

The transfer of two embryos by mistake into the wrong woman at a reproductive treatment centre is unforgivable, say clients of the centre.

Victory A.R.T. Laboratory escaped censure because it was a human error rather than a system failure, but women on an online forum sharing their experience of getting pregnant said their confidence in the centre was shattered.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

In a February 15, 2010, article, Mr Bowring nonetheless included these two men in a list of Asian political dynasties, which may have been understood by readers to infer that the younger Mr Lee did not achieve his position through merit. We wish to state clearly that this inference was not intended

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Mercury to rise after chilliest day of winter

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1. What is the first step of cloning?

a. embryo is implanted into surrogate mother

b. an electric charge

c. the nucleus is inserted into an unfertilised egg

d. the nucleus is extracted from a cell

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong egg bank feasible within a decade

After Hong Kong's first baby conceived from a thawed frozen egg was born in 2004, doctors predicted that an egg bank could be set up here within 10 years.

The Chinese University, which had been working on freezing human eggs since 1999, said the technology was feasible, but was still in its early stages.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Cold snap puts 17 elderly in hospital

At least 17 elderly people have been admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia as the mercury continued to fall last night.

A cold weather warning was issued for the fourth consecutive day yesterday, with temperatures dropping to 9.4 degrees Celsius at 3.14am. Temperatures fell to 9 degrees on Sunday.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Doctors say egg bank may be five to ten years away

Chinese University team reveals a boy is the first birth from new procedure

An egg bank may be established in five to ten years in Hong Kong, according to doctors who yesterday announced the birth of Hong Kong's first baby conceived from a thawed frozen egg.

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

HK university facilitates successful birth from frozen eggs and sperm

Updated at 6.43pm: The Chinese University of Hong Kong has successfully used frozen eggs and sperm to conceive a baby, its obstetrics and gynaecology department announced on Friday.

The department said this was a rare achievement. Internationally over the 'past 15 years fewer than 70 live births have been reported', it added.

6 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Plucky triplets are the centre of attention

When triplets Jasper, Sela and Carys were born 21/2 months premature, the odds of survival were stacked heavily against them.

Weighing in at 1kg, 910 grams and 750 grams, the IVF trio faced a series of post-birth complications including lung failure, E.coli and a lethal fungal infection.

23 May 2004 - 12:00am

Human egg bank is planned by Shanghai's only sperm bank

Ethical and technological issues must be solved before the centre can go ahead

Shanghai's only sperm bank hopes to open an egg bank to help more infertile couples have children, but better technology is needed before the plan can be realised, the head of the clinic says.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

New winter record is cold comfort

This winter is proving to be one of Hong Kong's coldest, with the record for the longest cold weather warning toppling yesterday.

The Observatory said the record was broken at 6pm. The previous mark of 163 hours was set in March 2000. The warning system was established in 1999.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am


On Style Special: Cocktails

World, 8.30pm

4 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


Cloning The Tasmanian Tiger

World, 9pm

13 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Catholic Church opposes plans to discard unclaimed embryos

The Catholic Church and pro-life groups yesterday condemned possible moves by a public hospital to dispose of unclaimed human embryos as tantamount to taking a life.

The Church also said that Catholic doctors who participated in the process, involving embryos held in frozen storage for more than 10 years, would be committing an 'immoral' act.

10 Feb 2003 - 12:00am