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Exploring Health and Wellness

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History

Tuesdays, April 7 & 14, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesdays, April 8 & 15, at 1 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturdays, April 11 & 18, at 7 p.m.

This two-part, four-hour documentary is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book of the same name. The film airs at a critical moment for the scientific community, as geneticists around the world wrestle with the ethical implications of new technologies that offer both promise and peril. THE GENE weaves together science, history and personal stories for a historical biography of the human genome, while also exploring breakthroughs for diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases—and the complex ethical questions they raise.

Groundbreaking treatments will improve the lives of millions of people, but there are worries that scientists will take gene-editing technology too far.


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