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HKU scientists look to take the lead on bird flu

Despite the rush by scientists to decipher the nature of the latest outbreak of bird flu, the virus and its relatives have been under the radar of a local research team for more than a decade.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 5:00am

H7N9 may mutate 8 times faster than regular flu

The new bird flu could be mutating up to eight times faster than an average flu virus around a protein that binds it to humans, a team of research scientists in Shenzhen says.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm

Deadly kidney disease in cats linked to dog virus

A virus similar to one that commonly kills dogs may also be shortening the legendary nine lives of cats.

Hong Hong researchers say they have found the virus in stray cats suffering from a fatal kidney inflammation and plan further tests to see if the virus causes the symptoms.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Scientists must speak to the common man

We live in a world created and defined by science and technology. Yet the people who make a profession out of these fields often act like high priests of old, communicating in esoteric language that only the initiated can understand. Most of the time, it is fine. Specialists go their merry way and the public theirs.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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Virus by James Rose Random Ax Media (e-book)

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The infection of fear

Since the Black Death ravaged most of Europe in the mid-14th century, people have been on alert for its return. Every outbreak of infectious disease gives rise to the inevitable question: Is this the one? In today's ultra-cosmopolitan world, a global outbreak would devastate every aspect of society.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cracking the code of our immunity

You are holding on to the central pole of a subway car, or talking on your phone, or opening a door. Your hand brushes metal, plastic, wood. And there, where you got a paper cut yesterday, germs bypass the barrier of your skin and enter your body.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Another week's wait for Nipah virus test results

Connections of top-flight gallopers Sacred Kingdom and California Memory may have to wait another week for definitive Nipah virus test results before they know when their horses will be able to leave Singapore.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Thursday Think Tank

1 Marine police accused of enjoying seafood feast while on duty ... oh, you should see how the vice squad sends off one of its retiring officers

2 Shanghai to get its own Disney park ... it will be just like Hong Kong's except Mickey will be wearing a fake LV suspender and smoking

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

School advised to close over infections

The Centre for Health Protection advised HKSPC Sze Wu Shu Min Nursery School in Tseung Kwan O to suspend classes for two weeks from today for disinfection after enterovirus-71 infections were confirmed in a boy and a girl, both aged two. Fourteen other children had also developed symptoms of hand-foot-mouth disease, which can be caused by the virus, since March 2.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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