"The Gene: An Intimate History" is a four-hour series for PBS that traces the millennia long quest to unravel the fundamental mystery of life. The film is being made as scientists stand on the brink of a monumental breakthrough in their ability to manipulate genes with pinpoint precision, heralding the dawn of a new era in treatments for previously incurable diseases, but also raising fears of the return of eugenics.
Based on the book of the same name by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning "Emperor of All Maladies," "The Gene" will air on PBS in Spring 2020.
In 2015, Ark Media adapted Mukherjee's "Emperor of All Maladies" as a major PBS series. That film went on to win numerous awards, including a Columbia-duPont silver baton.