The Gene: An Intimate History – film screening for Public Health Genetics Week

Public Health Genetics Week, hosted by the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks (NCC), is pleased to be partnering with PBS stations across the country to offer a multi-day film screening of ” Ken Burns Presents The GENE: An Intimate History” (THE GENE) to celebrate Public Health Genetics Week 2021!

From 8-9 PM ET on May 24, 25, 26, and 27 and from 2-3 PM ET on May 28, join us as each hour of THE GENE is screened online via OVEE, a shared media experience that lets you react to the film screening, chat, and ask questions, in real-time, with Public Health Genetics Experts about genetics and public health!

Below you will find more details about the film screening, Public Health Genetics Week, and THE GENE!

Partners of the Film Screening

We thank all of the partners for their efforts to offer the film screening of “The Gene: An Intimate History” for Public Health Genetics Week!

The Gene: An Intimate History – film screening for Public Health Genetics Week

What is this event?

Public Health Genetics Week and WETA Washington D.C. are partnering to bring “The Gene: An Intimate History” (“THE GENE”) right to your desktop or mobile phone! For each day of Public Health Genetics Week (May 24-28), one hour of the film will be streamed virtually, via a platform called OVEE. The OVEE platform will not only offer you a way to watch this incredible documentary series about genetics but it allows you to ask questions of Public Health Genetics experts throughout the film screening via chat. The daily schedule is:

  • May 24 from 8-9 PM ET- Hour 1 of THE GENE
  • May 25 from 8-9 PM ET- Hour 2 of THE GENE
  • May 26 from 8-9 PM ET- Hour 3 of THE GENE
  • May 27 from 8-9 PM ET- Hour 4 of THE GENE
  • May 28 from 2-3 PM ET- Screening of “The Gene Explained (For Those Without Microscopes)”
How do I attend the event?

This free event is open to anyone! Join us on any (or all!) of the daily events to watch one-hour parts of the film. To participate, all you have to do is register for the event on the right-hand side of this screen. Within the registration, you can select to receive the link for a specific day, a few of the days, or even all of the days!

Beyond joining the film screening, are there other ways to participate in the event?

Absolutely! During each film screening, the NCC Twitter account (@nccrcg) will be providing more information and resources related to the film screening. Join the conversation by following us and our hashtags (#PublicHealthGenetics, #PHGW, and #TheGenePBS).

I have registered (yay!). What now?

Thank you for registering! You will be receiving an email with the OVEE links for the days you registered. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact phgw@phgw.org.

Registration

Various local PBS stations throughout the country will be hosting the daily film screenings of THE GENE. To access a specific day’s film screening, please register at the associated link below.

Monday| Tuesday| Wednesday| Thursday| Friday

Monday, May 24 from 8-9 PM ET (7 PM CT/6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT)
Hour 1 of THE GENE

Southeast Regional Genetics Network (SERN)

Register Here

Tuesday, May 25 from 8-9 PM ET (7 PM CT/6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT)
Hour 2 of THE GENE

Mountain States Regional Genetics Network (MSRGN)
Register Here

Wednesday, May 26 from 8-9 PM ET (7 PM CT/6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT)
Hour 3 of THE GENE

NYMAC Regional Genetics Network (NYMAC)

Register Here

Thursday, May 27 from 8-9 PM ET (7 PM CT/6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT)
Hour 4 of THE GENE

Midwest Genetics Network (MGN)

Register Here

Friday, May 28 from 2-3 PM ET (1 PM CT/12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT)
Screening THE GENE Explained

NYMAC Regional Genetics Network (NYMAC)

Register Here

The Gene: An Intimate History

What is “The Gene: An Intimate History”?

“The Gene: An Intimate History” is a major four-hour documentary from Ken Burns and Barak Goodman, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by 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.” Learn more at https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-gene/.

What is “The Gene Explained (For Those Without Microscopes)”?

Developed for students, educators, parents, and curious adults, this award-winning animated series won’t get you a Ph.D., but it does clear up a few mysteries about how genes work, how they make us, if we can change them, and what they might look like in the future. (Microscope not required.) New episodes explore terrifying genetic transformations, viral invasions, unexpected genetic relatives, the resurrection of extinct animals, and more!

Learn more at https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-gene/the-gene-explained/

I am interested in the history of genes. Where can I learn more?

On the PBS “The Gene: An Intimate History” website, there is an interactive audiovisual timeline that walks you through the early discoveries in science, such as the development of a microscope, that led us to the genetics research we have today. Explore the timeline here.

I am interested in reading more about genetics. Where can I find additional information?

During Public Health Genetics Week be sure to follow these hashtags (#PHGW, #PublicHealthGenetics, and #TheGenePBS) to learn about additional resources to learn more about genetics. Additionally, be sure to check out the book, The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which the documentary series was based on.

Additionally, PBS Books has compiled a list of books for children to learn more about genetics. It is available at: https://www.pbsbooks.org/2020/04/17/the-gene-childrens-book-list/.

I am an educator. Are there materials to help support the viewing of “The Gene: An Intimate History” in my classroom?

Yes! PBS LearningMedia has a suite of free, standards-based, resources for educators, including short clips from “The Gene: An Intimate History” on a range of topics, at https://nhpbs.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/kenburnsclassroom/film/the-gene/.

Additionally, PBS Books has compiled a list of books for children to learn more about genetics. It is available at: https://www.pbsbooks.org/2020/04/17/the-gene-childrens-book-list/.

The Gene: An Intimate History Trailer

The Race to Sequence the Human Genome Clip

Public Health Genetics Week

What is Public Health Genetics Week?

Public Health Genetics Week is an annual event during the last week of May that looks to raise awareness, and to celebrate, the field of public health genetics. Public health genetics applies genetic and genomic information to improve public health and prevent disease.

How can I learn more about public health genetics?

Right here! This website is solely dedicated to providing information about what public health genetics is, who is involved in public health genetics, what are example activities of public health genetics, and provides links to resources and tools related to public health genetics.

In addition to exploring our website, we encourage you to get involved on social media. Follow the NCC (@nccrcg) on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, or Twitter to learn more about the week. Use the hashtags #PublicHealthGenetics and #PHGW to share your questions or thoughts on public health genetics throughout the week!

Are there other ways I can participate in Public Health Genetics Week beyond the virtual screening?

Certainly! NCC will be hosting a number of social media events including Facebook Lives and Twitter Chats to celebrate the week. Learn more by visiting the activities page on this website.

Additionally, there will be a number of activities outside of social media including a digital escape room and coloring pages. These can be found under the activities tab as well.

NCC is mentioned throughout this page. Who is NCC?

NCC is the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks and they host Public Health Genetics Week. NCC works with the seven Regional Genetics Networks in the United States to improve access to genetic services for underserved populations. Explore the NCC website if you need access, or would like to learn more about, genetic services in your area.

KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. Executive Producer and Senior Creative Consultant: Ken Burns. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; and Barak Goodman & David Blistein. Based on the book The Gene: An Intimate History by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Narrator: David Costabile. Senior Producer: Barak Goodman. Directors: Chris Durrance and Jack Youngelson. Executive Producers: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Dalton Delan, Tom Chiodo, John F. Wilson and Anne Harrington. Production funding has been provided by Genentech, 23andMe, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gray Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Conquer Cancer Foundation, Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Outreach and Education Partner is National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. Outreach support is provided by Foundation Medicine.

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