Titan banking on green dream

Genomic titan Dr J. Craig Venter told a Hong Kong audience last week that he had no intention to recreate extinct species, instead, he only wished to help protect the environment with synthetic genomics.

Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am

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

Shedding light on the shape of life

Hong Kong scientists have helped to shed light on why and how living things grow to look a certain way - why humans have five fingers on each hand, or why horses have one hoof on each leg.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

100 Most Important Science Ideas

100 Most Important Science Ideas by Mark Henderson, Joanne Baker, Tony Crilly Faber & Faber

Be honest: are you able (or at least curious enough) to answer these eight questions?

1. Are designer babies really designed?

2. Can a cat be both alive and dead at the same time?

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Feeling aggressive? It could be your 'warrior gene' in action

Do you have the 'warrior gene'?

I believe that I am a peaceful man, longing for harmony: I never shout at lazy students (yes, they do exist at Asia's No1 university, HKUST); and I never used to beat my two boys when they were small and very naughty. As a scientist, however, I like creative solutions and am ready to take big risks.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

HK scientists find new way to spot fetal abnormalities

Hong Kong researchers have produced a pioneering technology that allows pregnant women to find out in just one week if their unborn child has chromosome abnormalities that would result in severe disabilities.

The Fetal DNA Chip, developed at the Chinese University, adapts a technique used in screening tumours to track chromosome changes in the unborn child.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

How Jingjing can help reveal the mysteries of DNA sequencing

What is DNA sequencing about? Let's take the panda as an example.

Organisms' genomes could contain billions of base pairs - nucleotides on opposite sides of a DNA strand. DNA sequencing uses biochemical methods to determine the order of these nucleotide bases, which have only four types. Their initial letters are A, T, G and C.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Scientists seek to unravel the mystery of IQ

Some of the world's fastest supercomputers are being set up in Hong Kong to address the age-old mystery of human intelligence.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Who started it? Chinese-Canadian designer and artist Elaine Young started LAByrinth in 2005 as a biotech fashion label and communications studio. Her obsession with bringing the arts and sciences together is evident in the LAByrinth project. 'We shape the things we build - thereafter, they shape us,' she says.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Geneticist a vital figure in road map for future

US geneticist Craig Venter has an uncanny ability to generate publicity. The billionaire scientist whose private efforts to decode the human genome pushed the public project to complete its work early this decade has done it again.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Designer DNA

Hong Kong has seen its fair share of pop-up stores, but Labyrinth, which opens today, is unique in that it merges the worlds of biotechnology and fashion. The brainchild of designer Elaine Young, the store will carry Amula, a series of necklaces in solid silver or silver, rose, yellow or black gold-plated (prices from HK$735) containing actual DNA from animals or plants.

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Bank to the future

Death is not what it used to be. When you officially log off for good, traces of your identity may still be discovered scattered across the internet. But if you want to leave more than just a shadowy presence and achieve a kind of immortality, you can sign up for a new service run by Swiss DNA Bank.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Master motivator drums up inspiration

The children at Yew Chung International School remember Nick Vujicic not just for his inspirational message but also for his 'chicken drumstick'.

That is the name he gives his tiny foot with two toes that is his only functional limb and with which he has learned, among other things, to type more than 40 words a minute and play a drum machine.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: gene therapy

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it? Pullulan

What's it used in? An edible and mostly tasteless polymer produced from starch, pullulan is found in breath fresheners and oral hygiene products such as mouthwash, tooth whiteners and lipstick.

What does it do? It's used to bind ingredients together.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am