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China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Jun 10, 2015

China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a strategic field it sees as ripe for “indigenous innovation.” The vast resources China can ...

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

Jun 10, 2015

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

A South Korean couple’s special day has become an unexpected symbol of the country’s MERS health scare, after a joke wedding photo with their guests wearing surgical face masks went viral. The picture that flooded South Korean social networking sites showed the young couple ...

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

Jun 9, 2015

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government’s belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven people and infected nearly 100 in the country. ...

South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

Jun 7, 2015

South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

South Korean health officials on Sunday reported 14 more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, bringing the total in the country’s outbreak to 64, and said a fifth person infected with the virus had died. South Korea’s outbreak of the often-deadly MERS virus, first ...

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

| Jun 5, 2015

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

The current frenzy in South Korea over Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade — SARS, which killed hundreds, and bird flu. Sales of surgical masks have surge amid fears of a ...

South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

Jun 2, 2015

South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from the MERS virus, following the largest outbreak outside the Middle East that has infected 25 people and triggered widespread public alarm. A 58-year-old woman died of acute respiratory failure Monday and tests later came back ...