Season 28, Episode 16 Cracking the Code of Life

First Aired: April 17, 2001

ABC's Robert Krulwich chronicles and explores the implications of “one of the greatest scientific adventures ever”---the human genome. It is simply “a parts list with a lot of parts,” says MIT's Eric Lander, a leader of one of the two competing teams of scientists who completed decoding it last year. Now that scientists have the list, what's next? That's one of the questions Krulwich takes up in this easy-to-understand report. Privacy is another, and then there's the issue of whether private companies should “own” our genes.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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