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  • Illustration of a sphere with an uneven surface. Caption: Scientists strip away the virus's harmful genes

    Gene therapy is a method for treating inherited diseases by delivering corrective versions of genes to patients. Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Albert Maguire focused their careers on developing a successful gene therapy for an inherited form of childhood blindness called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This documentary tells the story of how the LCA gene therapy was developed. Students will learn how autosomal recessive conditions are inherited, how scientists can use modified viruses to deliver human genes to cells, what makes the eye an ideal tissue for gene therapy, and how model organisms are used to test treatments before they are tested in patients.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Microscopic view of narrow, oval shaped single cell organisms. Caption: and protozoa, reproduce, they make exact copies

    Genes, those traits passed down to us by our parents, are the things that make each of us different from the others. This question-answer format covers basic information about genes, chromosomes, cell division, dominant and recessive genes, and fertilization. Illustrates Mendel's rules of heredity. Covers advances in the fields of DNA, genetic engineering, and gene therapy. Reviews major points.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A D N A strand labeled, mutación, has its section highlighted and labeled, proteina Spanish Caption: El principio de la terapia genica.

    Watch the story of how gene therapy restored the sight of a nearly-blind young patient. Told from the perspective of two researchers who spent over 25 years working to develop this breakthrough technology, this short film chronicles their successes and challenges, and illustrates how the method works to treat inherited conditions.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Hands involved in a surgical procedure holding a syringe while other instruments work in an open body. Caption: it could become a first line of treatment

    To what degree are we genetically programmed with certain traits and abilities? Looks at recent technologies and scientific discoveries and considers the classic "nature versus nurture" discussion. Segments cover identical twins, the science of biotechnology, and the genetic inheritance of working dogs. Investigates the similarities in personality shared by identical twins. Explains how recent breakthroughs in genetics research and DNA have created new ways to solve crimes, breed (clone) animals, and extend human life. Discusses cross-species cloning, human cloning, and gene therapy. Shows how assistance and search-and-rescue dogs can be taught to overcome their inborn instincts and fear.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Human hand movement being replicated in a screen. Caption: It can help athletes improve performance.

    Researchers see promise in using an off-the-shelf fabric in athletic coaching and physical therapy, and another group of scientists are studying how pyroclastic flows defy friction. Other segments include new techniques to test for viral infections and the design of a new robot. Part of the "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

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