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Unformatted text preview: SoundVision Productions 1998 page 1 of 22 The DNA Files: Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetics Plants, Animals and Transgenics: A Tomato By Any Other Name Transcript SoundVision Productions 2991 Shattuck Ave. Ste 304 Berkeley, CA 94705 510.486.1185 For further information about genetics and these programs, as well as the producers who brought you this series, visit the project web site at www.dnafiles.org Send your questions about genetics and this project to email@example.com SoundVision Productions 1998 page 2 of 22 [ music ] JOHN HOCKENBERRY: This is the DNA Files. Im John Hockenberry. [ music ] Biotechnology can lead to bigger crop harvests and better medicine. Biotechnology can lead to beastly unanticipated consequences. GARY COMSTOCK: For me this represents the two different routes we can go in biotechnology. We might be opening a Pandoras box of evil, eggplants that eat Chicago unleashed on the world. Or, a cornucopia of blessings : fruit and vegetables in abundance for the worlds children. JOHN HOCKENBERRY: Whatever happens, long before it happens to humans, it will likely happen in the laboratory, on the farm or in the environment. For the next hour The DNA Files examines genetic engineering, the experimental products and ethical problems in Plants, Animals and Transgenics a Tomato by Any Other Name. But first: The beleaguered laboratory mouse is as much a fixture of science as the microscope and the white lab-coat. But why mice and not bunnies, kitties, or voles? The answer is a matter of historical accident, and the unlikely contributions of a retired schoolteacher, some eccentric British hobbyists, and humanity's oldest animal retainer, the house mouse. John Rieger has the improbable story. LEE SILVER: There are many, many poems and stories about mice. Its the Three Blind Mice, three blind mice, with the butcher's wife cutting off their tail and a... JOHN RIEGER: Princeton Biology professor Lee Silver is what you might call a mouse person. LEE SILVER: There are definitely mouse people. B-10 and B-6 and Balb-C and C3H . We know these mice by their names. ERIC JUKES: Of course, the pink-eyed white, that's the mouse everybody thinks of. You say, I've got pet mice, they always say, "Oh, white mice?" JOHN RIEGER: Eric Jukes is also a mouse person. He's the Secretary of the London and Southern Counties Mouse and Rat Club, as he has been for nearly forty years. ERIC JUKES: I'm fond of the Pearl and the Silver-Grey. They're...theyre extremely attractive, but but not very fashionable. I have no idea why. JOHN RIEGER: Mr. Jukes is a hobbyist, who breeds and shows fancy mice, mice that win competitions. Professor Silver is a geneticist, who works with specially bred laboratory mice....
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