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NOVA; Cracking The Code of Life


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Cracking The Code of Life
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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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In June 2000, scientists made an announcement that triggered front- page headlines around the globe. The goal of "reading" more than three billion chemical "letters" that make up human DNA had been accomplished, and far more swiftly than anyone expected. It had been a neck-and-neck race between federally supported scientists of the Human Genome Project and the private start-up, Celera Genomics. NOVA' s cameras recorded each twist and turn of the tense race between private and public scientists. This two-hour special presents the first in-depth attempt on television to investigate the implications of the genome project, exploring the impact the new knowledge will have on everyone's lives during the next century.

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Chicago: “NOVA; Cracking The Code of Life,” 04/10/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C810C5B326A54FDABBB961997D3EC287.
MLA: “NOVA; Cracking The Code of Life.” 04/10/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C810C5B326A54FDABBB961997D3EC287>.
APA: NOVA; Cracking The Code of Life. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C810C5B326A54FDABBB961997D3EC287
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