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Part 1: Dawn of the Modern Age of Genetics

Part One interweaves the present-day story of the Rosens, a young family on an odyssey to find a cure for their four-year-old daughter’s rare genetic disease, with stories of the exciting discoveries of the early pioneers in genetics. This episode also tracks the dark period in human history when a little genetic knowledge was used to justify terrifying human experiments.
Season 1 Episode 1 Length 1:54:09 Premiere: 4/7/20

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Funding for KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY has been provided by Genentech, 23andMe, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gray Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Conquer Cancer Foundation, Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Outreach and Education Partner is National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. Outreach support is provided by Foundation Medicine.

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The Gene

About The Gene

“The Gene: An Intimate History” brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.

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Season 1 Episodes

Part 2: Revolution in the Treatment of Disease

S1 E2 Length 1:54:10 Premiere Date 4/14/20

Part 1: Dawn of the Modern Age of Genetics

S1 E1 Length 1:54:09 Premiere Date 4/7/20

A Young Family Navigating Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Clip Length 04:30 Premiere Date 1/30/20

Official Trailer

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 4/7/20

The Double Helix

Clip Length 00:53 Premiere Date 3/4/20

Dominant vs Recessive Traits

Clip Length 00:41 Premiere Date 3/4/20

The Most Human Thing We Have in Common

Clip Length 00:43 Premiere Date 3/4/20

The Race to Sequence the Human Genome

Clip Length 01:00 Premiere Date 3/4/20

DNA: Read Whole or in Part

Clip Length 00:52 Premiere Date 3/4/20

How Many Genes to Build an Organ Like the Brain?

Clip Length 01:15 Premiere Date 3/4/20

The Gene Preview

Clip Length 04:40 Premiere Date 10/18/19

Specials

The Gene Explained | The Gene That Transformed

Length 03:09 Premiere Date 4/23/21

The Gene Explained | Gene Damage

Length 03:25 Premiere Date 4/23/21

The Gene Explained | A Big Wooly Gene

Length 03:00 Premiere Date 4/23/21

The Gene Explained | Gene Whiz! It's a Boy!

Length 02:49 Premiere Date 4/1/20

The Gene Explained | Super Gene

Length 02:58 Premiere Date 4/1/20

The Gene Explained | Good Genes Gone Bad

Length 02:58 Premiere Date 4/1/20

The Gene Explained | What the Gene Is That?

Length 03:06 Premiere Date 4/1/20

The Gene Explained | Gene Strike!

Length 02:24 Premiere Date 4/1/20

The Gene Explained | Gene Filled Donuts

Length 02:14 Premiere Date 4/1/20

Nancy Wexler | Haunted by a Gene

Length 05:20 Premiere Date 3/11/20

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