The Gene: An Intimate History

The screening event for Ken Burns’ The Gene: An Intimate History at Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center is postponed until a future date. The postponement is due to concerns about the potential exposure to the novel corona virus on the Roswell campus. If you registered for tickets we will let you know when a new event has been scheduled. Check back here for updates.

The Gene: An Intimate History screening and discussion

Screening Postponed

“The Gene: An Intimate History” is a major new four-hour documentary from Burns and Goodman, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Join us for a free screening and discussion on a date TBD from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Free screening of Ken Burns’ “The Gene: An Intimate History”

Date TBD
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
665 Elm St., Buffalo, NY

5:30 pm Program begins
7 pm Program ends

About the program

“The Gene: An Intimate History” is a major new four-hour documentary from Burns and Goodman, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

The series tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 19th century to CRISPR, and the hope that newfound powers to alter DNA with pinpoint precision will transform the treatment of some of the world’s most complex and challenging diseases. The series also tackles the daunting ethical challenges that these technologies pose for humankind.

Roswell Park is a leading cancer facility right in our own backyard. Involving Roswell Park in this initiative will allow WNED PBS, Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s PBS station, to expand reach to a larger audience of researchers, physicians, students, educators, and patients on a topic that affects everyone. With more than one in three Americans developing cancer during their lifetime and one in five expected to die from cancer, and in a diverse region that includes many medically disparate populations, educating audiences about the role of genetics in cancer and highlighting opportunities for risk reduction or cancer prevention are of significant community interest and priority.

With WNY STEM Hub’s network, this project will also strengthen Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s engagement with the educational and STEM field communities, ensuring that a broad range of stakeholders will be a part of this conversation. Cross-generational learning opportunities also exist, such as having students interview genetic counselors or researchers.

The series will air on WNED PBS April 7 and 14, 2020.

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