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  • Sep 23, 2014
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Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

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

Mysteries of myopia may soon become clear

Two professors are hoping to discover why Asians are nearly three times more likely to be short-sighted than Westerners. They are taking part in a global study which has revealed that both groups share similar myopic-related genes. And they say the data will lead towards the development of genetic tests for short-sightedness, clinically known as myopia.

3 Jun 2013 - 6:22am

Video: Mutant cockroaches develop mechanism to evade sugar traps

In an evolutionary twist, some German cockroaches have developed a genetic mechanism that makes sugar taste bitter – allowing them evade sugary bait set out to kill them. 

27 May 2013 - 10:01am

Scripture under the microscope

You've always thought of the Bible as an early science text. You'd like to compare its factual content with what modern experts have to say.

5 May 2013 - 4:10pm

Scientists say reviving extinct species is possible, but question its ethics

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

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

Sunday Science

A look at what's on the SCMP's weekly science page: face masks amid heavy air pollution; cancer and evolution; and space science.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:23pm

Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

More than once last year, researchers described leaps in medical science that were so breathtaking, and held so much potential for patients, that they immediately joined the list of fields to watch in the year ahead. In most cases, the work was, and is, at an early stage and its success far from certain. But some may go down in history for transforming how medicine is done.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

Finding the Higgs boson tops scientific achievements this year

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

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