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Short Science, June 9, 2013

Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:37am

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.

18 Mar 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

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. From the top floor on a clear day, Shenzhen's eastern suburb of Imtin can be seen sprawling southwest through 5km of hazy seafront to the Hong Kong border at Sha Tau Kok.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

What's a few million yuan when stroking pandas and prestige

Nothing, it seems, is too expensive to do for the pandas. A group of geneticists and conservation biologists from five countries led by mainland scientists will sequence the animal's genome.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Bargain basement rates just across the border for gene sequencing

The mainland has a great future as a place to outsource gene sequencing of animals. Take the latest cat genome project, which cost the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, US, a whopping US$10 million. And that involved decoding only 60 per cent of an Abyssinian cat's genome. It is the latest species sequenced after dogs, mice, rats, chimps and, of course, humans.

3 Nov 2007 - 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


Threads Of Life

Pearl, 9.30pm

DNA can tell us how to build and run a human being; it contains the complete story of evolution and holds the key to our future, offering the intriguing possibility of changing our fate.

8 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

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.

5 Dec 2000 - 12:00am