The Gene: An Intimate History | Part 1 | Ken Burns
Part 1: Dawn of the Modern Age of Genetics | WATCH NOW HERE
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.
“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.