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Doctors seek to limit sex selection of test-tube babies

Gender selection for test-tube babies on the grounds of hereditary disorders should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, legislators will be told today.

Wednesday, 3 March, 1999, 12:00am

Doctors seek to limit sex selection of test-tube babies

Gender selection for test-tube babies on the grounds of hereditary disorders should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, legislators will be told today.

3 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

DNA project promoted by SAR scientists

Biological researchers will announce an attempt today to set up a project aimed at unravelling the mysteries of human DNA.

Such research should lead to treatment or cures for major diseases such as hereditary cancer and liver cancer.

29 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Dolly gives birth to new dilemma

Unlike many scientific advances, the successful cloning of an adult sheep fails to win applause.

The birth of Dolly foretells the possibility of human cloning. One way of looking at it is to view human cloning as a neutral technique without any intrinsic good or evil.

1 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

'Eugenics law' prompts conference boycott call

IN a protest against the mainland's alleged eugenic practices, British scientists are pushing for a world boycott of the International Congress of Genetics set to be held in Beijing in August.

10 May 1998 - 12:00am

Chicken out

Chicken out Chickens are not flavour of the month. While Hong Kong chickens hit the headlines with flu, reports in last week's issue of New Scientist say that one in two chickens sold in Denmark and one in three in Britain have been found with salmonella, and they may be susceptible to a form of mad cow disease.

19 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

A little bit of science

Mendel's Dwarf by Simon Mawer Doubleday, $270 Fiction that concerns science, as opposed to science fiction, is not easy; it can be difficult to write and equally difficult to read.

Science fiction can create and do anything it wants; it is limited only by the author's imagination.

1 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Idea that will not go away

The Miracle Strain by Michael Cordy Bantam Press, $165 This is a first novel. Michael Cordy makes the point in an almost apologetic preface: his relinquishing of a 'good job' in exchange for the uncertainty and soul-searching of a first-time novelist came about, he says, because his head was filled with an idea that would not go away.

25 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

RNA parent may sell stake

Gold trader RNA Holdings said parent Tem Fat Hing Fung (Holdings) planned to sell part of its 66.06 per cent interest in RNA but to retain a controlling interest after the share sale.

7 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Tricks of the traits

We are all familiar with the fact that traits are passed on from parent to child, but do we know how that really works? To know more, come and learn about the science of genetics.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

The cloning debate: Do you want another you?

The technological breakthrough which allowed a Scottish scientist, Ian Wilmut, to clone a lamb from the cells of an adult sheep is a feat which steps out of the pages of science fiction. Outstanding as the achievement is, the controversy it has aroused is equally considerable. Dr Wilmut now says it may be possible to clone humans, probably within the next two years.

9 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Course sheds light on gene study

Controversial scientific work involving introducing foreign genes into animals and plants was discussed during a course at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The technology has led to breakthroughs in medical and agricultural research.

23 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Study to unveil secret of asthma

PIONEERING research into the genetics of Hong Kong asthma sufferers could identify the genes which cause the respiratory disease - and help prevent it.

Overseas research suggests the secret to asthma, the respiratory affliction which can be fatal, lies in specific genes which doctors believe predispose people to the disease.

1 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Mother of all brains

Brainy? Bright? Men should thank their mothers, according to research reported in The Lancet medical journal.

The genes a man inherits from his mother play a greater role in determining his intelligence than those he acquires from his father, writes Australian geneticist Gillian Turner.

30 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

CU gets grant for genetic research

A grant of $2.9 million will help improve genetic research facilities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU).

The Research Grants Council 1995-96 allocation goes to the CU Biology Department, which will set up an 'automated molecular genetic analysis system'.

21 Jun 1996 - 12:00am