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Research highlights

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.

Greater illumination on inorganic perovskite LEDs 29 March 2019

An efficient way to produce brighter, all-inorganic perovskite LEDs.

Herbs for the gut: new drug for irritable bowel syndrome 22 March 2019

Constantly struggling with abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhoea?

Towards treatment of a rare neurodegenerative disease 18 March 2019

Scientists have identified a compound to possibly cure neurodegenerative diseases.

Novel microrobots detect lethal bacteria in 15 minutes 25 February 2019

A fluorescent microrobot has been developed to shorten the detection time.

Viral genetic factors linked to nasopharyngeal cancer 19 February 2019

Nasopharyngeal cancer is prevalent among young adult males in Guangdong.

A new toolkit for studying how PARP activity boosts cancers 13 February 2019

New method developed by Croucher scholar helps to study ADP-ribosylation.

Superdrug identified in fight against deadly viruses 29 January 2019

Prof Kwok-Yung Yuen has identified a broad-spectrum antiviral drug for epidemic control.

Algae discovered to make polygonal shapes 23 January 2019

A Croucher scholar has revealed mathematical secrets behind the movement of Euglena.

Deciphering the role of mechanosensitive proteins 14 January 2019

Alex Tsui is involved in a research related to a mysterious family of cellular proteins.

Genetic switches identified in glioblastoma tumours 7 January 2019

Tinyi Chu has identified switches in different types of glioblastoma tumours.

Genetic trigger for schizophrenia affirmed 30 November 2018

Dr Hannah Xue has solved a genetic mystery related to chronic mental disorder.

HKU biologist throws new light on plant growth 2 November 2018

The research sheds new light on plant growth and how this could be accelerated.

Maternal weight gain linked to child health 25 October 2018

Weight gain during pregnancy might have an adverse impact on child health.