What’s your family doing on April 7 at 8/7c? We challenge you to do nothing but #StayHome and watch “The Gene: An Intimate History” on PBS to learn how scientists, doctors and patients are unlocking the power of science to diagnose and treat genetic diseases.
Now more than ever, our world is looking to pioneers and innovators to accelerate scientific breakthroughs that will improve and save lives. Part One of The Gene highlights the relentless KIF1A.ORG community and our mission to find a cure for KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder (KAND). Thanks to the genetic pioneers from the 19th century, all the way to 21st century disruptors advancing the fields of biotechnology and gene therapy, the science exists today to treat neurodegenerative disorders like KAND, spinal muscular atrophy and Huntington’s disease that were once thought to be untreatable.
“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.
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 — Gregor Mendel, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Francis Crick and James Watson.
View the schedule and episode guide at https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-gene/.