The shows segments will visit laboratories where cutting-edge life science work is being conducted, and feature leading scientists and ethicists discussing the profound moral, ethical and legal questions this important research raises.
U-M helped shape the concept of the show and has provided scientific review of scripts for the series. U-M research projects in the Kellogg Eye Center, the Department of Psychiatry, and the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology will be highlighted in future segments, and more local segments are in the works. Other early segments in the series will include the genetics of aging, genetically modified crops and the roundworm c. elegans.
The timing is right, says series producer Jonathan Ward. We think people instinctively understand that the discoveries of the genomic era will change everything. What they dont know is how. This program takes us to the front lines of science to explore the implications.
Financial support for the program comes from Pfizer, Oracle and the Pfizer Foundation.
You can view a sample segment on the biochemistry of aggressive behavior at the Secrets of the Sequence site (RealPlayer required): http://vcurams.vcu.edu/ra/ss.ram