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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1,000 Genomes Project results published11 Nov 2012 - 2:53am
One of the biggest scientific research projects in recent years has just unveiled its results. The Encode consortium, consisting of 442 researchers working in 32 institutes around the world, has spent the last five years studying a representative 1 per cent of our genome.9 Sep 2012 - 2:34am
Scientists have rebuilt the entire genetic make-up of a girl who lived and died in a Siberian cave more than 50,000 years ago.
The young woman belonged to a long extinct group of humans called Denisovans, their existence known only from meagre fossil remains uncovered at the Denisova cave in the Altai mountains in 2008.1 Sep 2012 - 4:42am
A team of international researchers, led by a scientist based in Hangzhou, has pinpointed a previously unknown cause of a rare eye disease.15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm
We are reminded time and time again of how much sunburn hurts. But what exactly happens during this reddish and painful experience?10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am