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Cracking Your Genetic Code

We are on the brink of a new era of personalized, gene-based medicine. Are we ready for it?
Runtime: 53:45Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

(Program not available for streaming.) What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all six billion chemical letters of it—read, stored and available for analysis? "Cracking Your Genetic Code" reveals that we stand on the verge of such a revolution. Meet a cancer patient who appears to have cheated death and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions. But what are the moral dilemmas raised by this new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know the diseases that may lie in our future? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers or prospective mates? One thing is for certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone, and soon you will be choosing whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.

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Major funding for "Cracking Your Genetic Code" is provided by the NIH. Additional funding for "Cracking Your Genetic Code" is provided by Millicent Bell, through the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation. Research and development funded in part by The Greenwall Foundation. The project described was supported by Award Number RC1RR028476 from the National Center for Research Resources. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official view of the National Center for Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health.

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