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This excerpt is the story of a young family with two children who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. It is a deteriorating disease — and children with this form of SMA may survive to two years of age or older.
Clip Length 04:40 Premiere: 10/18/19

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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 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

The Gene Preview

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

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The Gene Explained | A Big Wooly Gene

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The Gene Explained | The Gene That Transformed

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The Gene Explained | Gene Damage

Length 03:25 Premiere Date 4/23/21

The Gene Explained | Gene Filled Donuts

Length 02:14 Premiere Date 4/1/20

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The Gene Explained | Super Gene

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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

Nancy Wexler | Haunted by a Gene

Length 05:20 Premiere Date 3/11/20

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