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NOVA; Murder, Rape and DNA


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Murder, Rape and DNA
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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 program investigates DNA typing, a powerful new crime-solving tool from the frontiers of biotechnology. The technique of identifying criminals with molecular evidence is not only securing convictions; it's helping to exonerate people as well. As the technology for decoding the keys to life continues to evolve, the most important question is how society chooses to use it. The technique of extracting the genetic information that distinguishes one person's DNA from another's was developed in the early 1980s by Alec Jeffreys, a molecular biologist at England's Leicester University. DNA = Deoxyribonucleic Acid.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Murder, Rape and DNA,” 12/01/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EB5A4216DD94201A0418EA4DB731B3E.
MLA: “NOVA; Murder, Rape and DNA.” 12/01/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EB5A4216DD94201A0418EA4DB731B3E>.
APA: NOVA; Murder, Rape and DNA. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EB5A4216DD94201A0418EA4DB731B3E
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