"Nova" Cracking Your Genetic Code (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Those in the know contend that soon gene sequencing will be cheap enough that anyone can have their genome deciphered. This program shows how confusing this knowledge can be as people struggle with how to chart their lives and protect their privacy. But it is also leading to promising treatments for previously intractable diseases and patients with mysterious illnesses.

  • Nova investigates the implications of being able to sequence an individual's genetic code. It looks at how knowledge of a gene sequence can be used to help patients suffering for serious diseases and discusses how gene sequencing technology gives rise to serious ethical concerns about privacy and discrimination.


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