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CSHL featured in new Ken Burns documentary, The Gene

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The Gene: An Intimate History is a Ken Burns documentary that explores the science and history of genetics.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is featured in The Gene: An Intimate History, a Ken Burns documentary premiering on PBS April 7, 2020 (Part 1) and April 14, 2020 (Part 2) at 8 PM ET.

The Gene: An Intimate History is a two-part series that explores the role of genetics in revolutionizing medical science. The film weaves stories of patients and doctors at the forefront of genetics research and treatments. It goes through the last century of discoveries that made genetic therapies possible and the ethical challenges raised by the increasing accuracy of our gene editing abilities.

CSHL Professor Adrian Krainer discusses his Breakthrough Prize-winning research on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The documentary features materials from the CSHL Library and Archives, which houses an extensive collection on the history of genetics and genetics research. Dr. Nancy Wexler, who was awarded the 2019 Double Helix Medal for her work on Huntington’s Disease, is also a key character in the film.

Written by: Sara Roncero-Menendez, Communications Associate | roncero@cshl.edu | 516-367-6866

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