Stem cell breakthrough/Tough plants/Luis Alberto Urrea

Stem cell breakthrough  A recent breakthrough in stem cell research announced last week may make it easier for the federal government to fund future research. The discovery, published in the journal Science said that researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the U.S. and other colleagues reprogrammed human skin cells to behave like embryonic stem cells. How will this affect California's $3 billion stem cell institute?

Tough plants  International researchers led by the University of California, Davis have developed a way to genetically engineer crop plants that survive droughts and can grow with 70 percent less irrigation water. UC Davis Prof. Eduardo Blumwald tells you about the research and what it means for future crop development.

Luis Alberto Urrea  "The Devil’s Highway" is an investigative look into what happened when 26 Mexican men crossed the border into Arizona in 2001 and only 12 survived. It’s also the subject of UC Davis’ 2007-08 Campus Community Book Project. Today on Insight, author Luis Alberto Urrea tells you about the book and immigration and enforcement policies along the border.

Luis Alberto Urrea speaks about "The Devil's Highway" from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28th in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis. Information: (530) 752-2071.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007