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NOVA; Brain Transplant


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Brain Transplant
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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This story leads from an inexplicable paralysis among drug abusers, to a bad batch of synthetic heroin, to a research breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease, to the prospect of curing brain diseases with fetal implants. This program continues the remarkable story of a mysterious malady linked to a bad batch of synthetic heroin that NOVA first covered in the 1986 award-winning film, "The Case of the Frozen Addict." Two researchers are featured: J. William Langston of Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA and Anders Bjorkland of University Hospital in Lund, Sweden.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Brain Transplant,” 08/19/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F7E22C1DBD9493E91502839572B6B57.
MLA: “NOVA; Brain Transplant.” 08/19/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F7E22C1DBD9493E91502839572B6B57>.
APA: NOVA; Brain Transplant. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F7E22C1DBD9493E91502839572B6B57
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