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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wins The Pulitzer

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Reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just won a Pulitzer for their story on genetic sequencing and a young boy fighting for his life. They join us.

Nicholas Volker. Photo: Gary Porter

Nicholas Volker, 5, of Monona, Wis. holds tight to the arms of his mother and a nurse. (Photo: Gary Porter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)

When Nicholas Volker was just 17 months old something went wrong. Doctors found pin prick-sized holes in his intestines. Waste leaked into his abdomen.

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Hundreds of surgeries later and still, no diagnosis. No cure.

Then, a cutting edge idea – mapping Nicholas’ DNA. A technology before it’s time, but Nicholas’ last hope.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won a Pulitzer this week for its series on Nicholas and the genetics which might save his life. But plenty of emotion and ethical questions attached.

This hour a conversation about technology on the cutting edge and one boy’s life.

See videos and photos from The Journal Sentinel’s award winning series.

Guests:

Mark Johnson, medical reporter for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and winner of the Pulitzer prize for the series “One in a Billion: A Boy’s Life, a Medical Mystery.”

Kathleen Gallagher, business reporter for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and and winner of the Pulitzer prize for the series “One in a Billion: A Boy’s Life, a Medical Mystery.”

Howard Jacob, professor of physiology and human and molecular genetics at The Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center.

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