Salt Lake City, UT – Humans and mice have many genes in common. To inform our understanding of how these genes work, scientists in Mario Capecchi's laboratory at the University of Utah use genetic techniques to modify DNA in living mice. The mice are maintained in a building on the campus known as the Mouse House. In the fourth segment in our series on Mario Capecchi's groundbreaking work in genetics, Sheri Quinn takes us inside the facility where the mice are made.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 – Mayor Rocky Anderson joins us to talk about his community building project Bridging the Religious Divide. We will also talk with individuals involved in this and other dialogues on religious and cultural diversity.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1980's, University of Utah geneticist Mario Capecchi developed gene targeting technology, which allows scientists to tailor mutations in specifric genes. Researchers around the world use it to manipulate mouse DNA. With this tool, scientists at the University of Utah have recently created a mouse with a deadly form of childhood muscle cancer. Sheri Quinn reports on how this new mouse model might help fight the disease.
Salt Lake City, UT – Modifying genes in mice has helped scientists uncover genes linked to many diseases, and to at least one behavioral disorder as well. Sheri Quinn has the second in a series of reports looking back at the work of Mario Capecchi.
Salt Lake City, UT – During World War II, Mario Capecchi was a homeless boy wandering the street in Verona, Italy. He came to the United States as a teenage refugee, went on to study biology at Harvard and today is a world-renowned geneticist at the University of Utah. Producer Sheri Quinn has this retrospective of Mario Capecchi's life and work, and how his technique of manipulating the genes of mice has led to astonishing discoveries for human biology as well.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 – This week, the Episcopal Church's top leaders gather in Salt Lake City to discuss their response to the fallout from their ordination of an openly gay bishop. Doug talks to Episcopal scholars and local priests to look at how a church offers love, acceptance and sanctuary to an increasingly diverse culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – The death last week of NFL defensive end Reggie White - one of the great players in NFL history - hit Salt Lake City teacher Claudia Heath hard. But it also gave her the chance to tell her students about the man once called "a gentle warrior," as well as a chance to tell them that even in schools like theirs, it's possible to be a hero.
Claudia Heath teaches 7th grade at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City.