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Foreign firms accused of stealing genome data

Updated at 4.05pm, Tuesday: Chinese medical researchers are calling for a crackdown on foreign firms that collect Chinese blood samples for human genome research, the Beijing Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, 12:00am

Errors feared in DNA testing of abode-seekers

Errors could result if both the mainland and SAR were involved in genetic tests to verify the parentage of right-of-abode seekers, legislators warned yesterday.

Some lawmakers want the Hong Kong Government to take charge of the procedure.

29 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Grasp on DNA loose: survey

Most people in Hong Kong know DNA exists, but more than a third of those surveyed believe the environment can influence the body's genetic structure.

The University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme surveyed 568 Cantonese-speaking people between the ages of 24 and 50 earlier this month on their knowledge of science.

25 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Allegation of bad test procedure is totally unfounded

I refer to the letter from Dr Richard Collins headlined, 'Procedure proposed by Government technically flawed' (South China Morning Post, July 13).

2 Aug 2000 - 12:00am


The Human Genome Pearl, 8.30pm Find out all about the chemicals abbreviated to A, T, C and G that make you who you are in this six-part series on the international Human Genome Project that is decoding the human genetic blueprint.

14 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Procedure proposed by Government technically flawed

I refer to the report headlined, 'Genetic tests for abode children sealed' (South China Morning Post, May 30).

13 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Abuse of gene code feared by academics

Two mainland genetics experts have warned that the decoding of the human genome could be abused by militant regimes to wage war or even perpetrate genocide.

6 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Scientists plan DNA database

The mainland is setting up its first national DNA database to aid Chinese and foreign scientists and protect intellectual property.

5 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Near-foolproof way of making an ID

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the road map for cell creation in the body. Containing 46 chromosomes, 23 from each parent, DNA's genetic information tells the body how to build itself, determining everything from eye colour to body weight.

Except for identical twins, all DNA in the nuclei of the body's cells is unique, much like fingerprints.

3 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Gene mapping to aid SAR projects

The completion of the project that is mapping the entire human genetic code will have immediate benefits on research projects in Hong Kong, scientists say.

Because the genetic sequences are now known, researchers can concentrate on finding the functions of gene segments.

3 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

'Bar Beijing from DNA data'

Beijing should be barred from accessing the DNA database to be set up to aid criminal investigations, lawmakers said.

30 May 2000 - 12:00am

Concern on DNA data going to Beijing

Legislators have urged the Government to state clearly that Beijing will not have access to a DNA database to be set up to aid criminal investigations.

Democrat James To Kun-sun said yesterday he feared the central Government might use it to collect DNA data through the Government Laboratory.

4 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Genetic analysis reveals relatives

If printed out by a computer us ing an extra wide roll of paper, the family tree of plants would stretch nearly 2.5 kilometres, said Michael Donoghue of Har vard University. He was one of the 200 researchers who worked on the plant family tree.

1 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

First criminal DNA database on mainland developed

Wuhan Public Security Bureau is developing the mainland's first database of genetic information on criminals.

Working with the Hubei Medical University the bureau will soon use genetic-diagnosis technology to help solve criminal cases.

21 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Unique genetic code makes all the difference in humans

Have you ever asked yourself why you look different from your friends and relatives? The answer lies in your genes! Genes are the recipes for making us - chemically coded instructions which ensure that the cells (and therefore the whole body) develop properly.

18 May 1999 - 12:00am