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DNA and Genetics

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After Darwin: Genetics, Eugenics, and the Human Genome
SKU: 10434
From the promise of eliminating genetic disease to the threat of eradicating human diversity, the potential of genetics to benefit humankind is matched only by its capacity for harm. Using interviews, archival footage, and period film clips, this insightful program traces the history of genomic research and its dark offspring: behavioral genetics, eugenics, and the commodification of children. Spotlighting topics including the Human Genome Project, gene patenting, cloning, fertility clinics, genetic testing, and the discriminatory practices of insurance companies, Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson, Dr. Leroy Hood, and numerous other experts examine the potential of the biotechnological revolution and the moral and ethical issues it raises. (2 parts, 49 minutes and 46 minutes)

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Biotechnology
SKU: 5563
This program describes three practical applications of DNA technology: the use of gene transfer to improve plant species, the use of molecular probes to quickly identify disease-causing organisms, and the development of antigen vaccines. The program makes very effective use of live video action, animation, and narration to explain and summarize these practical applications in the fast-moving field of genetic engineering. (23 minutes)

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Biotechnology and Your Health: Pharmaceutical Applications
SKU: 39777
Scientists have come a long, long way since Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, the wonder drug of the 20th century. This program explains the function of infection-fighting antibiotics; vaccinations and insulin, crucial to the prevention of diseases such as smallpox and the management of diabetes; recombinant drugs, treatments involving genetically engineered DNA; and stem cells, those chameleon-like building blocks of the body. Commentary is provided by Drs. James Baker, Brian Athey, and Elliott Hill, of the University of Michigan; Susanne Kleff, of MBI International; and Bob Forgey, of ProNAi Therapeutics. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (24 minutes)

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Biotechnology in the 21st Century
SKU: 39775
Biotechnology is revolutionizing life in the 21st century, but with every breakthrough comes controversy. Do the benefits of stem cell technology, gene-splicing, and other advances outweigh the risks? Using interviews with experts, footage of scientists at work, 3-D animations, and on-screen text, this balanced four-part series introduces viewers to a field of science-and the pressing issues associated with it-that is rapidly changing the world. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. 4-part series, 24-28 minutes each.

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Biotechnology on the Farm and in the Factory: Agricultural and Industrial Applications
SKU: 39778
As the world's population and overall standard of living continue to increase, the growing demand for food, fuel, and consumer products has reached unprecedented levels. This program examines how biotechnology is helping to meet those needs through genetic engineering to increase crop yields and improve the nutritional value of key staple foods; animal agriculture, founded on selective breeding and edging toward lab-based genetic engineering; and industrial applications of biotech in the manufacturing of chemicals, textiles, beverages, and fuel. Commentary is provided by Steve Pueppke and Len Fleck, of Michigan State University; Farzaneh Teymouri and Susanne Kleff, of MBI International; Jeanne Orhnberger, of Genetics Squared; and Bob Forgey, of ProNAi Therapeutics. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (28 minutes)

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Biotechnology: Friend or Foe?
SKU: 11530
Genetic science holds the keys to life itself. How should this knowledge be used? Enhanced by outstanding 3-D computer animations and microscopic imaging, this engaging program featuring Dr. Cary Fowler, author of Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, takes a balanced look at the biotechnological revolution. Among the numerous topics surveyed are genetic engineering, cloning, gene therapy, genetically modified food crops, gene patenting, DNA fingerprinting, gene banks, and the use of transgenic animals for organ transplants. An overview of heredity, natural selection, and the mechanics of DNA is provided. (55 minutes)

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Cracking the Code: The Continuing Saga of Genetics
SKU: 36222
Can life can be summed up in a code? The science of genetics is founded on that idea-and the code has been broken. This five-part intro-level series reveals the history and development of genetics, reconstructing its journey from the 1700s to the cutting edge of 21st-century microbiology. Featuring detailed accounts of genetic advances-from Mendel's peas to Bt-treated corn-each program presents complex technical analysis and reinforces key concepts using lively, scientifically precise animation. With an emphasis on real-world genetic applications, challenges, and dilemmas, this series conveys a panoramic view of today's preeminent life science. Viewable/printable instructor's guides are available online. 5-part series, 30 minutes each.

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Cutting and Splicing DNA
SKU: 33044
This program presents a brief history of genetic science, from Darwin's theory of evolution through the discovery of DNA and the invention of gene splicing. Darwin hypothesized a theory, but understood nothing of the mechanism of evolution. The program follows the history of scientific understanding of the nucleus, chromosomes, and the location of hereditary information; explains the work of Gregor Mendel and Thomas Hunt Morgan; and features exclusive interviews with James Watson, who unravelled the secret of DNA's structure, and Stanley Cohen, who first spliced the gene and created contemporary cloning techniques. Spectacular computer animation displays the beautiful simplicity of the DNA molecule, and reveals how the gene was spliced. (24 minutes)

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Designer Babies: The Dangers of Corporate Genetics
SKU: 35149
Imagine a future in which physical strength and assertiveness are the top-selling items on baby menus." This program explores that possibility and other frightening implications of market-driven genetic engineering. Showing how the government-funded Human Genome Project has become highly lucrative for pharmaceutical companies, the video examines cases of exploitative gene harvesting in Iceland and Peru, where isolated ethnic populations contain commercially valuable DNA. Interviews with prominent scientists and activists highlight the dangers of patenting genomic data and an absence of public discourse about artificial gene selection. (60 minutes)"

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Designer Genes: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering
SKU: 40299
From selective breeding in agriculture to animal cloning and the production of recombinant proteins, science continues to develop ways to modify the genetic code. This program spotlights the basic tools and techniques for manipulating DNA and how these are also used to investigate genetic functions. Viewers will learn about the coding and non-coding sections of DNA; the basics of PCR or the polymerase chain reaction; the use of viral vectors and plasmids in order to transfer DNA; and the various types of cloning, including molecular, cellular, and nuclear. Ethical questions arising from genetic engineering and the manipulation of DNA are also discussed. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (28 minutes)

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DNA
SKU: 32203
Fifty years ago, two unknown scientists ran into an English pub shouting that they had found the secret of life. Jim Watson and Francis Crick were not exaggerating. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, this series looks back on the achievements that launched a new era in biology and human life itself. Along with an incredible array of renowned scientists, including five Nobel Laureates, these programs use beautifully realized animations and reconstructions of key experiments to reveal the molecular basis of life in a way never seen before. 5-part series, 57 minutes each.

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DNA and the Evidence for Evolution
SKU: 813
This program shows the structure and replicating processes of DNA and the effect of genetic mutation; demonstrates the Lederberg Experiment; and recapitulates the evidence provided by fossils and structural and biological homologies that the process of adaptation and the selection of adaptors rests on a wide range of genetic variability. After viewing the program, students should have a general understanding of the general structure and functioning of DNA and of the Lederberg Experiment and its significance, and should be familiar with the range and types of evidence for evolution presented in the review section. (20 minutes)

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DNA Profiling
SKU: 9298
What used to take two weeks currently takes only a day-and in the near future, will likely take mere minutes. In this concise program, Chris Hadkiss, senior scientist at the Forensic Science Service, explains the latest DNA extraction and quantification techniques. Detailed laboratory footage illustrates the processes of sample extraction, quantification, amplification, separation, and interpretation. In addition, Mr. Hadkiss provides background on the history of DNA profiling, sources of DNA for sampling, the difficulties associated with radioactive tagging as compared to fluorescent tagging, and the value of mitochondrial DNA analysis. (15 minutes)

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DNA Techniques
SKU: 33047
This program gives an explanation of the promises and the dangers inherent in deciphering the gene map, and a warning about the dangers of eliminating genetic variation and recessive traits. The program analyzes the potential misuse of genetic information and demonstrates the potential of genetic engineering to provide the first true preventive medicine program in medical history, as well as the possibility of eradicating single-gene defects like thalassemia; it also explains the dangers of narrowing the genetic pool, and-in a segment with extraordinary photography-shows the injection of human genes into mouse ova so that they merge with the mouse DNA. And the program proceeds to ask: Is this the first step to wiping out genetic illness-or to wiping out ourselves? (24 minutes)

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Double Helix
SKU: 7453
This fast-paced dramatization starring well-known actor Jeff Goldblum is about the race to solve one of the greatest mysteries of 20th-century science-the structure of DNA. It is the story of the diligent research, creative analysis, and perseverance of James Watson and Francis Crick that led to the discovery. With the help of their colleague, Maurice Wilkins, they also earned the 1962 Nobel Prize. Students of biology and genetics will benefit from the process of problem-solving used to identify the structure of DNA, as well as the clear, concise summary of research evidence. A BBCW Production. (1 hour 48 minutes)

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