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.

Sunday, 23 March, 2008, 12:00am

Health chief refuses to point finger over baby mix-up in 1976

The secretary for food and health yesterday declined to comment about whether anyone should be held responsible for swapping Kelvin Li Kwok-yin at birth at Tsan Yuk Hospital on November 30, 1976.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Three-parent embryo

Three-parent embryos are another scientific breakthrough that have caused controversy, followed news that embryos whose genetic materials come from a man and two women have been successfully created earlier this month.

18 Feb 2008 - 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

China's gene sequence a genetic milestone

The complete gene map of an ethnic Han Chinese was released at a hi-tech fair in Shenzhen this week, marking another milestone in the development of genetic science on the mainland. The map is the first whole gene sequencing of an Asian and the third full DNA sequence of a human. But it is significant in another respect.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

To get to the NBA: practise, practise, practise ... and hope for the right gene

Ever wonder why there is Yao Ming, and then there are the rest of us?

Well, a 'tall' gene has been found. Researchers find that modifying just one letter in its genetic code can add an extra centimetre to a healthy person.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Cracking the code

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am



Use these words to complete the sentences: information, cellular, process, cell, genetic

DNA - short for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (pronounced: dee-ox-ee-rye-bonew-klee-ic-ass-id) - is the 1. _______________ material of all 2. _______________ organisms and most viruses. Replication is the 3. _______________ which DNA copies itself for each descendant

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Global team to develop therapeutic cloning

Plans are under way to set up an international consortium on the mainland to develop the use of cloned animals to treat degenerative diseases, according to an American-Chinese biologist who cloned the first dairy cow in the US.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Genetic testing plays crucial role

DNA science has emerged as a crucial tool for investigators trying to solve Leung Shing-yan's killing.

Forensic experts from the Hong Kong government laboratory carried out DNA profiling on a mask found beside the constable's body on the Shek Wai Kok estate on March 14, 2001, in the hope of finding clues to its wearer.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

genetic jewellery

Carrying photographs and locks of hair as mementos of loved ones is no longer merely an old-fashioned practice, it's positively archaic. However, innovative jewellery maker LAByrinth, which is owned by locally based company Hong Kong DNA Chips, has created a 21st-century equivalent - a locket in which you can store DNA.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Question of the week: What is the most important scientific discovery of the past 100 years?

Emily Law Hoi-tung, 17

SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Insurers ponder impact of genomics

BE IT THE patenting of human cell lines, genetic modification of agricultural crops or the use of genetically altered animals to produce biopharmaceuticals, few scientific disciplines have attracted quite so much public debate or money as genetic engineering.

30 May 2005 - 12:00am


Finally geneticists have sequenced the entire X chromosome - well, 99.3 per cent of it - and their discovery, published in last week's issue of the science magazine Nature, does not auger well for the human male.

26 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Now investigate the subsidised local schools

Whatever irregularities the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) may have found in the management of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), one wonders what 'skeletons' it might unearth if it conducted similar, in-depth investigations into the management of Hong Kong's many government-subsidised local schools.

28 Feb 2005 - 12:00am