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The Gene Doctors

Every year, a million babies are born worldwide with hereditary diseases. Physicians once had little to offer. But now a new breed of gene doctors is on the case. Devising treatments that target the root causes, they are transforming patients’ lives.

The Gene Doctors

54m 11s

Every year, a million babies are born worldwide with hereditary diseases. Physicians once had little to offer. But now a new breed of gene doctors is on the case. Devising treatments that target the root causes, they are transforming patients’ lives.

Episodes

  • The Gene Doctors: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Gene Doctors

    54m 11s

    Every year, a million babies are born worldwide with hereditary diseases. Physicians once had little to offer. But now a new breed of gene doctors is on the case. Devising treatments that target the root causes, they are transforming patients’ lives.

Extras + Features

  • Kimberly Ramirez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Kimberly Ramirez

    6m 24s

    Cystic fibrosis one of the most common fatal genetic diseases in the US, where in patients like Kimberly, a thick coat of mucus in the lungs leads to infections that can destroy airways. The source of the disease is a mutated gene, and the latest treatments target the proteins those mutant genes encode.

  • What is CRISPR?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What is CRISPR?

    1m 25s

    See how a revolutionary technology called CRISPR is creating new opportunities for scientists who are developing treatments for genetic diseases.

  • The Gene Doctors: Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Gene Doctors: Trailer

    2m 8s

    Every year, a million babies are born worldwide with hereditary diseases. Physicians once had little to offer. But now a new breed of gene doctors is on the case. Devising treatments that target the root causes, they are transforming patients’ lives.

  • Molly Troxel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Molly Troxel

    5m 42s

    Not long after Molly was born, her parents suspected that her vision was impaired — eventually, they discovered she had inherited a genetic mutation that caused her blindness. But recent advancements in genetic therapy have given Molly the chance to see again.

  • Austin and Max LeClaire: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Austin and Max LeClaire

    5m 57s

    Brothers Austin and Max were born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that prevents the body from making a critical muscle protein. A new medicine that targets the root cause of their disease is giving the boys hope — a treatment that once seemed impossible is now a reality.

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