Genetic Engineering

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.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 4:58am

Fear of GM crops does not stand up to facts

A corncob of genetically-engineered with MON810 by U.S. company Monsanto in Germany. Photo: AP

People everywhere are increasingly vulnerable to the use of what Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irving Langmuir dubbed "pathological science" to justify government regulation or other policies.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 5 comments

Let's say no to GM technology

Genetically modified products are popular in the food industry. Soya beans, potatoes, corns, tomatoes, white radishes - they have all been modified by genetic technology.

GM technology can speed up the production rate of crops and increase their yield. But does the process have no disadvantages or pose no dangers?

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing moves to root out GM crops

A ban on genetically modified crops is finally set to become law amid claims that mainland diners are unwittingly being served up transgenic rice.

The issue has sparked heated debate following media reports that GM rice has already made it on to the dinner plate, but the draft law has been met with criticism that it does not go far enough.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

GM foods and the right to choose

The saying 'you are what you eat' is a good reminder of the need to eat healthily. To do that, one has to know what is in the food and be able to make informed choices. The growing use of biotechnology in food processing, has made access to such information more important. But this has not yet been recognised by the government.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'GM-free' soy drink claims deceptive, watchdog says

The consumer watchdog has called for mandatory labelling of all food products with genetically modified ingredients after finding some so-called 'GM-free' soy drinks actually contained a significant amount of the material.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Benefits of GM foods outweigh risks

Genetically modified (GM) food comes from organisms whose DNA has been changed. This technology has sparked controversy as some people say it goes against the rules of nature. What's more, we don't know what it might do to humans and the environment.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

GM maize found in snack samples

Greenpeace found three snack samples, out of eight tested, contained genetically modified maize - Calbee Grill-A-Corn, Doritos Nacho Cheese and Lady Liberty Cheez Ball. A government review of the voluntary GM food-labelling system is to be announced tomorrow. Greenpeace campaigner Chow Yuen-ping said the snack samples showed the need for a mandatory system.

7 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Should parents be able to have designer babies?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Dennis Wu, 17, St Joseph's College

Should parents be allowed to genetically modify their babies?

This is an intriguing question that has sparked furious debate.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Question of the week: What do you think about genetic engineering?

Chan Kin-kan, 15, Diocesan Boys' SchoolPeople say that genetic engineering is unnatural and even evil. But this 'evil' technology reduces production costs, meaning the poor can afford more food. Genetically engineered crops have better resistance to pests and diseases. They have a longer shelf life, so are easier to transport.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

A dip in the gene pool

Consider for a moment the implications of a deaf couple who want to have a deaf child. Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough never considered deafness a disability but saw it rather as a cultural identity. They wanted their child to share their language, orientation and world. They sought a sperm donor with five generations of deafness in his family and their wish was granted.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The right to know, even if it won't hurt you

People like to know what they are eating, or more precisely what is in their food, and what has been done to it.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

GM foods: the good, the bad and the ugly

GM foods: the good, the bad and the ugly

Nowadays, there are many genetically modified (GM) products.

But are GM foods good or bad?

This is a difficult subject because it depends on which side of the fence you stand.

First, there are many advantages to GM foods.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Food labelling system 'delayed by lack of GM evidence'

The government lacks a timetable to introduce a mandatory labelling system on genetically modified food because there is no medical proof that it poses a public health threat, officials told a Legislative Council panel yesterday.

14 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

First person

Fung Ka-keung, food and agriculture campaigner for Greenpeace, argues that the government is wrong to rule out mandatory labelling of genetically modified or engineered food in Hong Kong shops and says its voluntary code will fail.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am