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The Gene: An Intimate Story

Science, social history and personal stories 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.

The National Human Genome Research Institute is proud to help support the PBS documentary, “Ken Burns presents The Gene: An Intimate History,” based on the book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. The three-hour documentary will air over three nights in April 2020. The series, based on Mukherjee’s best-selling 2016 book, will journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee's keynote from the 2019 NHGRI Symposium


As a partner, NHGRI will help PBS stations across the country connect with local and regional scientists or researchers to serve as subject matter experts at community panels and screenings. By including these experts in engagement activities, NHGRI hopes to increase genomic literacy and understanding of both current and historical milestones as well as concepts and technologies discussed in the film.

Last updated: November 19, 2019