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Who's Afraid of Designer Babies?
Australia is at the forefront of new genetic technology that will let us "design" our descendants. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or PGD allows scientists to screen embryos conceived through IVF. But what is the potential of this technology and who should…
Life on Earth - The Secrets of Evolution
Part of the Series: Attenborough
BBC
Life on Earth -The Secrets of Evolution revisits sequences from his very earliest broadcasts to his most recent, illustrating how each breakthrough in biodiversity, genetics and evolutionary biology, his first passion, have transformed the way we understand the framework of…
Cracking Your Genetic Code
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA--all three billion chemical letters of it--read, stored, and available for analysis? Cracking Your Genetic Code reveals that we stand on the verge of…
Twitch - A Personal Journey About Huntington’s Disease
Twitch follows 18-year-old Kristen Powers as she undergoes genetic testing for the disease that killed her mother. Huntington's Disease (HD), a neurodegenerative brain disorder, destroys an individual's ability to walk, talk, think, and reason, eventually leading to death. The film…
Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Alzheimer's disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love, and to remember. The disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, and it is one of the greatest medical mysteries…
Genetic Engineering
Episode 31 of Redefining Reality
Explore the history of genetic engineering, which has roots in the imaginary hybrid creatures of ancient myth. Learn how real hybrids can be made by splicing genes for desired traits into the genome of an organism. Then discover how this…
Behind the Fear - The Hidden Story of HIV
HIV is a disease- no, HIV is the virus that makes up the disease called- wait...AIDS is a virus- what? No! The "AIDS virus" has been a conundrum since its inception in 1984 as "HIV, The Virus that Causes AIDS,"…
What Genetic Information Can Do
Episode 13 of The Science of Information
Learn how DNA and RNA serve as the digital medium for genetic information. Also see how shared features of different life forms allow us to trace our origins back to an organism known as LUCA--the last universal common ancestor--which lived…
Superlife: Genetic Manipulation
Designing Life. Man has been doing it for over 10,000 years. You may not be aware of it, but we are surrounded by "Superlife," life-forms manipulated by Man. Superlife looks at the stories of how these super organisms came to…
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Genes and Identity
Episode 15 of Redefining Reality
The mechanism that drives evolution was not discovered until long after Darwin's death. Follow the clues that led researchers first to the cell nucleus, then to chromosomes and genes, and finally to the DNA molecule as the agent of heredity.…