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Secrets of the Sequence: Human Health 2.

Author: Films on Demand.; Films Media Group.
Publisher: Lawrenceville, NJ : Films Media Group ; Orangeville, ON : McIntyre Media [distributor] 2007
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Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films on Demand.; Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 700412744
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed Dec. 09, 2010).
"This compilation of video segments offers a further look at genetic science and its relationship with state-of-the-art medicine. Case studies and expert interviews take viewers through recent genetic breakthroughs as well as their moral, ethical, and legal implications. The episodes are: Colon Cancer: Could something as simple as aspirin prevent this deadly disease? Possibly, but researchers are also honing in on colon cancer's genetic causes, using one of the best DNA databases in the world-Utah's Mormon population. Cancer: Compiling the Catalog: In this report, researchers at the University of Michigan are assembling an encyclopedia of cancer genes which will help doctors to better diagnose and treat cancers on a molecular level. Prostate Cancer: The segment features collaborative efforts between scientists at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins and the National Center for Human Genome Research. Their work has uncovered a hereditary genetic component responsible for some forms of prostate cancer. In Cord Blood: Stem cells have moved beyond the laboratory and into the delivery room. This report illustrates the use of umbilical cord blood, which is rich in stem cells and can help combat diseases a child might develop later in life. To Hear: A deaf couple is shocked, and a little dismayed, to learn that they will have hearing children. This segment looks at the science behind genetic testing and the controversy over choosing an embryo's traits-including deafness. Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Ole Isakson has cured Parkinson's disease-in mice. To translate his success into a human cure, he must test human embryonic stem cells. This report examines the present climate for such research and its impact on Parkinson's patients. Super Bugs: Humans are under constant attack from increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, and hospitals are their favorite breeding ground. This segment profiles scientists who are studying the genetics of bacteria and trying to stop the invasion. To Choose an Egg: A child's health has traditionally depended on a roll of the genetic dice, but that has changed with the advent of PGD or Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis. This segment shows how the screening procedure detects abnormal genetic mutations in embryos-and opens the door for parents to decide the fate of those embryos. Blue Genes: What if scientists could find the genetic origins of serotonin and cure depression? This segment spotlights research on mice at UCSF that may do just that. (66 minutes)."
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