Molecular Biology

Genetic switches likely to help fight disease

Genetic switches likely to help fight disease

One of the biggest scientific research projects in recent years has just unveiled its results.

Sunday, 9 September, 2012, 2:34am

Beijing moves to root out GM crops

A ban on genetically modified crops is finally set to become law amid claims that mainland diners are unwittingly being served up transgenic rice.

The issue has sparked heated debate following media reports that GM rice has already made it on to the dinner plate, but the draft law has been met with criticism that it does not go far enough.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How Jingjing can help reveal the mysteries of DNA sequencing

What is DNA sequencing about? Let's take the panda as an example.

Organisms' genomes could contain billions of base pairs - nucleotides on opposite sides of a DNA strand. DNA sequencing uses biochemical methods to determine the order of these nucleotide bases, which have only four types. Their initial letters are A, T, G and C.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Inherited mess-up

A chimera is a creature from Greek mythology. It's made up of parts of several different animals. But when the term applies to humans, it's very real and very, very weird.

18 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Bank to the future

Death is not what it used to be. When you officially log off for good, traces of your identity may still be discovered scattered across the internet. But if you want to leave more than just a shadowy presence and achieve a kind of immortality, you can sign up for a new service run by Swiss DNA Bank.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

A leader needed for next green revolution

No winner of the Nobel Peace Prize could claim to have saved as many lives as the late Norman Borlaug. The high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties the American pioneered in the 1960s in response to a looming population crisis earned him the title 'father of the green revolution'.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

DNA evidence needs to be handled with care

A group of Israeli scientists has recently caused alarm by showing how DNA evidence can be manufactured - showing how it is theoretically possible, using sophisticated techniques in molecular biology and genetic profiling, to fabricate DNA evidence to implicate an innocent person or violate his or her privacy.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1. What is the first step of cloning?

a. embryo is implanted into surrogate mother

b. an electric charge

c. the nucleus is inserted into an unfertilised egg

d. the nucleus is extracted from a cell

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Premier Wen comes out in full support of GM crops

The central government will use transgenic crops to boost farmers' incomes and reinvigorate the rural economy, Premier Wen Jiabao told Science magazine.

Mr Wen, a geologist by training, said science and technology were the 'well- springs' of development. In contrast to previous ambiguity, he openly supported the commercial growth of genetically modified crops.

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: gene therapy

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Dinosaur thinking is no match for gene geniuses

When Edinburgh scientists announced the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep more than a decade ago, people around the world were amazed and concerned. They knew, instinctively, that something morally problematic had just happened. Something similar happened again in the world of genetic research last week.

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

Crop crisis ignites drive for transgenic rice

Last summer brought nothing but scarcity for the rice farmers of Licun village in Fujian province. Half of their regular strains of hybrid rice died despite an abundance of rainfall, sunshine, pesticide, fertilisers and sweat.

Their big fear is that there will be poor harvests again this year.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Tragic times in Tin Shui Wai

More and more people are becoming concerned about family disputes.

Earlier on, there were tonnes of newspaper reports on the Tin Shui Wai tragedy.

All Hongkongers are willing to lend a helping hand to their fellow citizens in Tin Shui Wai.

22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Question of the week: What do you think about genetic engineering?

Chan Kin-kan, 15, Diocesan Boys' SchoolPeople say that genetic engineering is unnatural and even evil. But this 'evil' technology reduces production costs, meaning the poor can afford more food. Genetically engineered crops have better resistance to pests and diseases. They have a longer shelf life, so are easier to transport.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Scientists suppress gene that limits rice grain size

Mainland scientists have successfully identified and suppressed a rice gene, thereby boosting the weight of hybrid rice grains by half.

12 Apr 2007 - 12:00am