DNA: The Secret of Life

DNA: The Secret of Life

by James Watson

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Sunday, 23 May, 2004, 12:00am


The Life Of Mammals

Pearl, 9.30pm

7 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Genetic cheaters

Physical supremacy has always played a large part in sport and the desire to win at any cost has led to widespread misuse of artificial substances. With the recent scientific discoveries in DNA mapping, athletes could potentially see a huge transformation in both their physique and performance.

31 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

By contributing to the next generation DNA map, our experts will sit at science's top table, according to one professor

Hong Kong will be part of an international effort to create the next generation map of the human genome, a tool scientists hope will speed the discovery of genes linked to common diseases such as cancer, asthma and diabetes.

5 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Cloning - the short cut to our own extinction

What happens when people opt for cloning as a method of reproduction?

The gene pool shrinks immediately and genetic variation declines dramatically. From a species rich in genetic diversity we become a species with a limited capacity for genetic change.

12 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Genes in a bottle

So, a Hong Kong company is now selling keyrings with little vials of reindeer DNA attached. But who - apart from Santa - would need it? Here's SAR's more practical DNA wish list:

* Socialite DNA: for a portable record of how plain you looked prior to the 'work'.

10 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Inmate fights DNA test

An inmate at Stanley Prison was injured when he struggled with three policemen trying to take a sample for a DNA test. The officers also suffered slight injuries.

18 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Cloning - medical salvation or ethical minefield?

The issue of human cloning is no longer just a theoretical concept that may arise at some date in the distant future.

This already touchy subject stirred even more controversy than usual around the world when Italian doctor Severino Antinori announced that he and his team would attempt human cloning in the near future.

25 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Bad genes may rob some of insurance

People with defective genes linked to diseases may be uninsurable once Hong Kong insurers start using gene test results, a visiting British geneticist and industry consultant has conceded.

28 May 2001 - 12:00am

Nervous system adapts to new abilities

While nature has taken certain steps to cultivate the idea of 'survival of the fittest' in generating a 'recessive' colour-blind gene, it has also used that same 'recessiveness' to create a superior sense in the same organ.

18 May 2001 - 12:00am

To clone or not, that's the problem

'A sheep called Dolly was successfully cloned and brought to life yesterday.'

When I heard the news on TV I was surprised; it came so suddenly, and there had been no previous reports of cloning experiments.

Concern began to grow that cloning experiments might soon be carried out on humans; perhaps they were already under way.

13 May 2001 - 12:00am

Insurers review gene-test code

The Federation of Insurers will bring a British geneticist to Hong Kong next month to advise life insurers whether their code of practice on genetic testing needs to be revised.

23 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

CU scientists unveil DNA 'fingerprint' databank

An acclaimed team of biochemistry and traditional medicine experts at Chinese University (CU) has developed a DNA test for identifying endangered orchid, crocodile and snake species which could help customs officers battle traffickers.

31 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Biological myths exposed

The announcement that scientists have analysed the human genome, the biological blueprint for human life, is both awesome and humbling. Awesome because some of the mystery surrounding human life has been peeled away, and man will soon be able to intervene in some of the essential processes of life in a way that was not possible before.

12 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Fears raised over laboratory for abode tests

The Guangdong laboratory set to conduct genetic tests on abode-seekers to verify parentage has no international accreditation, lawmakers were told yesterday.

A senior chemist at the Government Laboratory, Dr Betty Law Man-yee, raised concerns about the Guangdong Investigation Bureau laboratory yesterday during a meeting on the Immigration (Amendment) Bill.

20 Dec 2000 - 12:00am