Nova: Cracking the Code of Life

Nova: Cracking the Code of Life

Director: Betsey Arledge, Elizabeth Arledge Cast: Robert Krulwich


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Nova: Cracking the Code of Life

The much-anticipated sequencing of the human genome made global headlines in July 2000, as scientists culminated a ten-year attempt to decode the genetic makeup of human bodies. In a two-hour Nova special, Cracking the Code of Life, viewers follow this race to finish one of the most exciting chapters in the history of science. While this remarkable achievement may have profound implications on the prevention and treatment of disease, it also opens up new areas of concern. Genetic manipulation may indeed eradicate previously incurable disorders, but will our expectations propel us to a need for flawless humans?

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
UPC: 0783421333291
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 59,378

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators; Access to Cracking the Code of Life web site; Scene selection; CC - Closed captions

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Instructions for a Human Being [10:37]
2. Getting the Letters Out [5:34]
3. One Wrong Letter [9:13]
4. The Sequencing Race Begins [5:41]
5. Ramping Up [6:36]
6. Genetic Variations [8:30]
7. Who Owns the Genome? [6:59]
8. The Business of Science [4:56]
9. Finding Cures Is Hard [7:38]
10. Complexity in Proteins [7:54]
11. The Finish Line [4:32]
12. Finding Disease Genes [7:41]
13. DNA Databases [5:24]
14. A Family Disease [7:47]
15. Genetic Modification [5:34]
16. Contemplating the Message [10:48]

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