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. In addition to the production, there will be a publicity, social media, and community engagement campaign, as well as the development of educational materials.
KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. Executive Producer and Senior Creative Consultant: Ken Burns. Written by Geoffrey Ward; and Barak Goodman and David Blistein. Based on the book The Gene: An Intimate History by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Directed by Christopher Durrance and Jack Youngelson. Senior Producer: Barak Goodman. Executive Producers: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Dalton Delan, Tom Chiodo, John F. Wilson and Anne Harrington.