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NOVA; Ghost In Your Genes, The

07/25/2007

Anamorphic 7/8/2008 repack for 8/26/2008 PBS Broadcast


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Series
NOVA
Program
Ghost In Your Genes, The
Program Number

3413

Series Description

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

Program Description

See Nova ScienceNow Epigenetics (3411) program for additional assets. This program was developed from the ScienceNow segment.

Scientists have long puzzled over the different fates of identical twins: both have the same genes, yet only one may develop a serious disease like cancer or autism. What's going on? NOVA explores this startling possibility in this program.

The "something else" turns out to be a network of chemical switches that sit on our DNA, turning genes off and on. Called collectively the epigenome, the switches appear to play a major role in everything from how our cells keep their identity to whether we contract dread diseases. Epigenetic switches may even help mold our personalities—or so it appears to Canadian researchers studying a group of epigenetically modified rats.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Ghost In Your Genes, The,” 07/25/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2717B2E0C37646928D141D5CFA3423A9.
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APA: NOVA; Ghost In Your Genes, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2717B2E0C37646928D141D5CFA3423A9
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