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Title The future [videorecording] / produced & directed by David Glover.


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 UniM ERC DVD  572.86 DNA  disc 3 epis.5  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (49 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series DNA : series / producer, David Dugan ; episode
DNA (Television programme) ; episode 5.
Notes Off-air recording of the ABC programme broadcast 11/08/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Editor, Joe Bini.
Performers Narrator, Bernard Hill.
Summary This final episode examines the vision for the future of DNA, as DNA scientists move closer to the day when genetically engineered humans become possible. Features Jim Watson, the renown but controversial scientist at the heart of DNA work. He has discovered the double helix and mapped the human genome. Then, there is his Human Genome Project. Watson, with such credentials, is considered the best person to handle the future of DNA. His vision for the future, that of designing human DNA, is disturbing to many. Though the possibility of this technology seems limitless, there are moral limits.
Jim Watson gives a guided tour of the future, a look into Pandora's box, having opened it. The tour begins at Monsanto, the world's leading producer of genetically modified foods. Then a visit to Watson's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where work on the latest in DNA science is being done, with the ultimate aim of improving the genes of future generations. Discusses the history of eugenics with reference to Charles Davenport and Nazi Germany. Includes a tour of the German eugenics museum, outside Berlin; and a visit to the Pilgrim State Hospital. Compares the 'old' eugenics with Watson's new eugenics, which he thinks is self-correcting evolution. Watson's most powerful defence is the potential good his science could do, to right the genetic injustice of DNA.
Original Version First released: [London] : Windfall Films in association with [Channel 4 Television &] Thirteen/WNET, c2003.
System notes DVD
Language notes Closed-captioned in English.
Local note ERC DVD copy is with: Disc 1, episodes 1. The secret of life ; episode 2. Playing God -- disc 2. episode 3. The human race ; episode 4. The mortal coil.
Other author Glover, David
Bini, Joe
Hill, Bernard, 1944-
Subject Watson, James D., 1928-
Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Human Genome Project
DNA -- Research -- History
Chromosomes -- Research -- History
Eugenics -- History
Genetic engineering -- History
Genetic engineering -- United States -- History
Human genome -- Research -- History
Molecular biologists -- United States -- Biography
Molecular biology -- History
Molecular genetics -- History
Variant Title DNA, the future