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

Female DNA found on fragment from bomb used at Boston Marathon

A fragment of a pressure cooker used in the Boston bombings. Photo: AFP

Investigators have found female DNA on a fragment from one of the two bombs used in the attack on the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, according to a US official briefed on the probe. The genetic material may have come from a number of sources and its discovery does not necessarily mean that additional people were involved beyond the two brothers suspected in the bombing, said the official.

1 May 2013 - 3:08am

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

Short Science, April 21, 2013

Dads are as good as mums in recognising their baby's cries.

One of the world's most popular aquarium fishes has joined the rat, the mouse, fruit fly and nematode worm in the roll call of creatures whose DNA has been sequenced to help fight disease among humans.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am

DNA points to poultry markets as H7N9 transmission route

Pupils at Sheung Shui Pui Yau Kindergarten undergo temperature checks before entering classes. Photo: Sam Tsang

A Hong Kong professor who was among the first to crack the DNA code of the H7N9 virus suspects poultry farms are the direct transmission route of the current outbreak and it has little to do with wild birds.

9 Apr 2013 - 12:31pm

Study finds diabetes DNA in 80pc of Chinese

Ronald Ma Ching-wan. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong and Shanghai researchers have identified a genetic marker for diabetes in the Chinese population. The discovery is expected to lead to improvements in the treatment and prevention of the disease.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:51am

Bodies of last Hong Kong balloon victims identified through DNA

Relatives of Hong Kong victims in the balloon explosion mourn at the site of the accident in Egypt's Luxor, March 2, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The Government Laboratory received the body samples after 10pm on Saturday and announced confirmation of the victims' identities in Cairo at 5pm Hong Kong time yesterday - just hours after relatives paid a tearful pilgrimage to Luxor.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:35am

Tianyuan Man scientists unlock secrets of ancient DNA

An archaeologist explores the Zhoukoudian Caves in Beijing, which have yielded Peking Man and Tianyuan Man. Photo: SMP

The remains of Tianyuan Man consisted of more than 30 fragments, including lower jaw and leg bones, but no skull - not enough to tell how closely the ancient human related to present-day Chinese. Some palaeoanthropologists were not even sure the bones belonged to a male.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

British scientists use man-made DNA speck to store 739kB of digital data

Binary code was converted into the four-letter alphabet of DNA.

Scientists in Britain have announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage that could fit the world's entire three billion terabytes of stored data into the palm of your hand.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Asians, native Americans descended from same group, DNA analysis shows

Present-day Asians and native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40,000 years ago, according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Health Bites

Health Bites

The ease of access to online medical information has had a positive overall impact on the relationship between patients and doctors in Hong Kong, finds a survey of more than 100 physicians in the city.

22 Jan 2013 - 9:05am

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

How we live affects our descendants' genes, epigenetics shows

How we live affects our descendants' genes, epigenetics shows

Is smoking a sin?

The First Commandment of the Bible states: "For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me ... "

Should we be cursed because of the sins of our forefathers until the third and fourth generations?

25 Nov 2012 - 3:32am

Briefs, September 18, 2012

British producer David Cecil waves from a cell. Photo: AFP

Four jailed for murder of Italian peace activist

18 Sep 2012 - 4:21am

Singapore company uses DNA tests to fight global trade in illegal timber

A worker from DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies takes a wood sample from a timber mill in East Java, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Call it CSI: Singapore.

Unlike the crime scene investigators from the popular TV series, these detectives are hired to look for evidence of rogue wood from stores increasingly worried about being duped by a global trade in illegal timber now worth billions.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:02am