This four-hour documentary from executive producer Ken Burns and senior producer Barak Goodman is adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by award-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, about how genes impact heredity, disease, and behavior. This program tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 1800s to CRISPR.
Street Date: May 19, 2020
Run Time: 240 min.
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Biology
It offers the hope that new science that can alter DNA with pinpoint precision could revolutionize the treatment of some of the world’s most complex diseases. Powerful, contemporary personal stories and stunning breakthroughs weave with the fascinating story of the historical search for the human genome and the accomplishments of generations of dedicated scientists and amateur researchers. The science of genetics holds at once the promise of eradicating disease but also the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. The series tackles the daunting ethical challenge these technologies pose for humankind.