Item Details

The Human Genome [electronic resource]

Actuality Films (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This program explores the search for the one specific disease-causing gene among a hundred thousand genes clustered on 23 pairs of chromosomes-a maze called the human genome. In the 1950s, we discovered that genes were sections of the long strand of hereditary material, DNA; in the 1970s, we learned how to cut and splice that strand; in the 1990s, we are labeling the individual genes that carry beneficial or unwanted characteristics. The program shows how individual genes are being identified, and the moral and psychological dilemma confronting doctor and patient when a disease like Huntington's chorea can be genetically identified: Is it better to live with fear or risk knowing that a lingering and horrible death awaits?
Release Date
2005
Run Time
28 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Series
The Life Revolution: On the Frontier of Biogenetic Engineering
Life Revolution
Contents
  • Heredity or Environment? (4:10)
  • Powerful Influence of Genetics (2:59)
  • Searching for the Cystic Fibrosis Gene (5:03)
  • DNA Testing and Decisions (2:42)
  • Huntington's Disease (3:37)
  • Testing for the Huntington's Marker (4:01)
  • Choice For or Against DNA Testing (3:20)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c1988.
Publisher no.
  • 33043s Films Media Group
  • 33046 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (28 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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