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The Gene: An Intimate History

Join WSKG for an online screening  April 9th at 7 pm 


Scientific genetics, little more than a century old, holds at once the promise of eradicating disease and the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. “The Gene: An Intimate History” traces the dizzying evolution of this new science as researchers race to identify treatments for genetic diseases, such as cancer and sickle cell anemia, and to perfect tools for rewriting DNA.

Guest Speakers:

Chris Durrance

Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia
Cornell University Associate Professor Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. Cedric Feschotte
Cornell University Professor Molecular Biology & Genetics

“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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The series uses science, social history and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease and behavior. From the story of the remarkable achievements of the earliest gene hunters and the bitterly fought race to read the entire human genome, to the unparalleled ethical challenges of gene editing, the documentary is a journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science.

Past Event:

Screening Information:
'The Gene: An Intimate History' Screening & Discussion
March 10, 2020  7pm
Lost Dog Lounge Binghamton NY

Join us for a screening of 'The Gene' followed by presentations and discussions with guest speakers:
Dr. Christopher Bishop, Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University
Dr. Heather Fiumera, Professor of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University

No science background required. Just the thirst of a curious mind. Bring a friend — it’s FREE.   Come early and treat yourself to dinner & drinks.
No registration needed. Seating on a first-come basis.

7:00 pm Intro & Screening
7:30 pm Talk & Q&A discussion
8:00 pm Mix & Mingle


Tune in on April 7 &  14th on WSKG TV  8pm
and available on the PBS Video App


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.