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How body and mind react to stress 19 June 2020

Have you come across the situation where you scratch your head and bite your lips repeatedly during a tough interview? Did you wonder where those unconscious reactions come from? Neuroscientist Professor Wing Ho Yung might now be heading towards an answer.

How multiple RNA elements control MicroRNA biogenesis 26 May 2020

Two significant studies have brought scientists a step closer to understanding how certain errors occur in microRNA biogenesis could affect gene expression and cellular functions.

Bean experiments affirm ozone impact in Hong Kong 22 May 2020

Ozone level in Hong Kong is high enough to cause significant damage to plants.

A step closer to fathoming the deep carbon cycle 8 May 2020

Earth’s carbon cycle and climate change

Unlocking the role of TBC1D24 protein in our brain 23 April 2020

A research team led by Dr Lai Kwok On has uncovered a previously uncharacterised function of the TBC1D24 gene in the maintenance of neuronal connections in the brain, a discovery that could eventually lead to new therapeutic pathways for patients suffering from epilepsy and intellectual disability.

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.