Genetic Mapping

Mapping of genetic codes likely to lead to better varieties of wheat

Mapping of genetic codes likely to lead to better varieties of wheat. Photo: Xinhua

Once scientists finish precisely mapping all the wheat genomes, higher-yielding varieties that are more resilient to disease and harsh weather conditions are expected to be developed.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 2:27pm

Science's Lady Gaga clone rocks HKU

Craig Venter is one of the world's most influential and wealthiest scientists. As a self-promoter, he has been called the Lady Gaga of science. It's often difficult to separate the hype from the reality. So it wasn't surprising when he delivered a lecture yesterday on his scientific career that the hall at the University of Hong Kong was packed.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The gene team

The 11-storey Zhonghe Building is a sparkling new structure with a hi-tech glass facade and wall cladding the colour of gun metal. From the top floor on a clear day, Shenzhen's eastern suburb of Imtin can be seen sprawling southwest through 5km of hazy seafront to the Hong Kong border at Sha Tau Kok.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

What's a few million yuan when stroking pandas and prestige

Nothing, it seems, is too expensive to do for the pandas. A group of geneticists and conservation biologists from five countries led by mainland scientists will sequence the animal's genome.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Bargain basement rates just across the border for gene sequencing

The mainland has a great future as a place to outsource gene sequencing of animals. Take the latest cat genome project, which cost the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, US, a whopping US$10 million. And that involved decoding only 60 per cent of an Abyssinian cat's genome. It is the latest species sequenced after dogs, mice, rats, chimps and, of course, humans.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Shenzhen lab finishes first Asian genetic map

The world's first genetic mapping of an Asian - a healthy Han Chinese man - was completed in a Shenzhen laboratory, a research team announced on Thursday.

From now, at a cost of 5 million to 6 million yuan, anyone who wants to have their whole genome sequence tested can get it within a month, Wang Jun, chief scientist of the programme, said yesterday.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

DNA: The Secret of Life

DNA: The Secret of Life

by James Watson

Arrow $123

23 May 2004 - 12:00am


The Human Genome Pearl, 8.30pm Find out all about the chemicals abbreviated to A, T, C and G that make you who you are in this six-part series on the international Human Genome Project that is decoding the human genetic blueprint.

14 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Abuse of gene code feared by academics

Two mainland genetics experts have warned that the decoding of the human genome could be abused by militant regimes to wage war or even perpetrate genocide.

6 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Gene mapping to aid SAR projects

The completion of the project that is mapping the entire human genetic code will have immediate benefits on research projects in Hong Kong, scientists say.

Because the genetic sequences are now known, researchers can concentrate on finding the functions of gene segments.

3 Jul 2000 - 12:00am