The Gene: An Intimate History

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April 9, 2020
7:00pm Eastern Time
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“The Gene: An Intimate History” brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers:

Chris Durrance


Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia

Cornell University Associate Professor Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. Cedric Feschotte

Cornell University Professor Molecular Biology & Genetics

Video Descriptions



The Gene Screening Reel - Unlisted

90 minutes



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    Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia


    Maria J Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Our laboratory is interested in understanding what are the genes and processes that control early embryonic development in mammals.

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    Dr. Cedric Feschotte


    Cedric Feschotte is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Dr. Feschotte is a member of the Graduate Field of Genetics, Genomics and Development and a member of the Graduate Field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology. The Feschotte lab studies mobile genetic elements, such as transposons and endogenous viruses, primarily in the genomes of vertebrates, including humans.

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    Chris Durrance


    Chris Durrance is a documentary filmmaker, who has worked on more than a dozen films for PBS FRONTLINE, including College Inc. about for-profit education, The Madoff Affair and Return of the Taliban. More recently, he produced a biography of President Ford and is currently directing The Gene, slated for broadcast on PBS in Spring 2020.

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