Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.

To support production and outreach for The Gene: An Intimate History, a three-hour documentary, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, to air nationally on PBS primetime

  • Amount $1,000,000
  • City Arlington, VA
  • Investigator Dalton Delan
  • Year 2018
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Television

This grant is to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) to produce and air a three-part television documentary series, The Gene: An Intimate History. Produced by legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by physician and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History will use human case studies of the genetic treatment of illness to tell the story of genetic research while exploring its scientific, medical, social, and ethical implications. In addition to a three-hour documentary and associated website, the broadcast will be accompanied by a major public engagement effort around genetics, as well as a wealth of educational curricula.

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