Ken Burns Presents...The Gene: An Intimate History Screening

Ken Burns Presents...The Gene: An Intimate History Screening

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

WXXI and the Rochester Museum & Science Center are pleased to host a special screening event of this film that tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science.

Join us at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on Monday, March 23rd for a preveiw presentation of The Gene: An Intimate History followed by a discussion with the film's director Chris Durrance. Reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required (see link below).

What: Ken Burns Presents...The Gene: An Intimate History
When: Monday, March 23rd 6 p.m.
Where: Rochester Museum & Science Center, Eisenhart Theatre, 657 East Ave, Rochester
Details: The doors open at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Chris Durrance. Reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar to follow the program

Reservations are required: Reserve your FREE ticket here for General Admission.   

Scientific genetics, little more than a century old, holds at once the promise of eradicating disease and the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. The Gene: An Intimate History traces the dizzying evolution of this new science as researchers race to identify treatments for genetic diseases, such as cancer and sickle cell anemia, and to perfect tools for rewriting DNA.

Chris Durrance 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. He has worked all over the world, including Europe, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and China and is the winner of a Peabody, two Emmys, a duPont-Columbia silver baton and an Overseas Press Club award. 

The two-part documentary, Ken Burns Presents...The Gene: An Intimate History, will air on WXXI-TV April 7 and April 14.

See a preview: This excerpt is the story of a young family with two children who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. It is a deteriorating disease — and children with this form of SMA may survive to two years of age or older.

Funding for Ken Burns Presents...The Gene: An Intimate History has been provided by Genentech, 23andMe, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gray Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Conquer Cancer Foundation, Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Outreach and Education Partner is National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. Outreach support is provided by Foundation Medicine.

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