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Building understanding of gene activity regulation 9 March 2020

A team of scientists in the United States, led by principal investigator Dr Anthony K L Leung has revealed a process in cells that may remove tangled ribonucleic acids (RNAs), a discovery that could eventually help researchers understand how some diseases develop and progress.

How AI is helping to predict disease-related mutations 5 February 2020

AI has started to play a vital role in uncovering secrets behind biological data.

Neurologist strikes a chord with what makes a hit 15 January 2020

Musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise.

Rice protein yields hope for increased food supply 31 December 2019

Researchers have now found a way to enhance grain yield in rice by increasing grain size and weight.

Gut microbiota provide key to exercise efficacy to treat diabetes 24 December 2019

It has long been known that exercise is the most cost-effective way to prevent and treat Type 2 diabetes, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, exercise does not work for everyone.

Protein variations may explain Parkinson’s disease differences 20 December 2019

New research by University of Toronto biochemists looks at how protein strains may vary in the brains of those affected by progressive neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Morphing flat materials into any shape you want 18 November 2019

How the maths behind the art of kirigami may engineer future change.

HKU scientists discover ‘signpost’ in chromatin maze 4 November 2019

Chemical biologists have identified a histone mark that regulates chromatin structure.

Rechargeable liquid fuels set out to power electric vehicles 9 October 2019

Rechargeable “e-fuel” paves way for renewables in energy generation in the future.

Biologist gets a taste for novel protein research 2 October 2019

Novel protein family that plays a role in sour taste reception and inner-ear balance revealed.

World first for ultracold quantum simulation 19 September 2019

The world's first 3-D simulation of topological matter consisting of ultracold atoms.

Memory cue for depression treatment 18 September 2019

Does the way we remember negative events affect our likelihood of experiencing depression?

Accelerating next-generation protein engineering 9 August 2019

Croucher scholars involved in a breakthrough to engineer clinically useful proteins.

Discovering the difference when egg cells divide 18 July 2019

Cell biologists at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, have now discovered a previously unknown structure in mammalian eggs that appears indispensable for error-free distribution of chromosomes in meiosis.

Breakthrough in deriving early embryonic stem cells 19 June 2019

A new approach to derive expanded potential stem cells from both pig and human cells.

Gravitational wave method may solve dark matter boson mystery 11 June 2019

A team of astrophysicists tired to verify the existence of ultralight bosons.

Nanotech key for purer and safer drugs 30 May 2019

Physicists and chemists have developed a new method that could potentially produce pure, higher-quality medicinal drugs.

Corn and soybeans grow better together 16 May 2019

Using intercropping to alleviate environmental and food supply issues.

New light on protein and hormone signalling in plant growth 14 May 2019

Researchers have discovered an important function of a plant protein.

Tackling viral hepatitis B in Hong Kong 23 April 2019

An estimated 576,000 people are living with hepatitis B in Hong Kong, according to a study carried out by HKU.