Cedric Feschotte, Ph.D., associate professor of human genetics, Edward Chuong, Ph.D., a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow, and Nels Elde, Ph.D., assistant professor of human genetics, published research in the journal Science revealing that remnants of viruses embedded into the genomes of our ancestors millions of years ago help us fight viral and other infections today.

Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

March 3, 2016

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. These so-called endogenous viruses are often perceived as a mere oddity with no clear biological significance. But a new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that evolution has repurposed […]

Mitt Romney to speak at University of Utah on the state of the 2016 presidential race

March 2, 2016

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney will address students at a March 3 forum sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the state of the 2016 presidential race.  The forum will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Edgar J. Thompson Music Hall at the David Gardner Hall Building, 1375 Presidents Circle.  The event […]

Authors to discuss Yellowstone and the national parks

March 1, 2016

In the centennial year of the National Park Service, the University of Utah Environmental Humanities graduate program hosts authors David Quammen and Terry Tempest Williams in a discussion about the national parks’ past and future, entitled “Yellowstone: Paradox of the Cultivated Wild.” The event will be held March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning women’s historian to speak at U’s Marriott Library

March 1, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard history professor and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich will speak at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library on March 10 at 7 p.m. Ulrich, author of the noted “Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History” and several other award-winning publications, will speak on “Beyond Letters and Diaries: Unexpected Sources in Women’s History.” When […]