The Gene: An Intimate History Screening

Online Screening & Live Discussion


Amazing genetics research is happening in Erie and across the region! Learn how it is changing what we know about the world around & within us. Enjoy excerpts of The Gene: An Intimate History and a panel discussion & audience Q&A with scientists, medical professionals, and researchers who are on the forefront of local genetics work. Presented in partnership with Penn State Behrend, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and the University of Pittsburgh.

FREE Online Screening and Talk
February 3, 2021 at 7pm
The public is welcome.

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About The Gene: An Intimate History


The Gene: An Intimate History
February 4 & 11 at 8pm on WQLN PBS 54.1
Now Streaming on WQLN Passport


A film by Ken Burns and Barak Goodman, adapted from Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s award-winning book of the same name, The Gene: An Intimate History tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science, from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 19th century . . . to CRISPR . . . to breakthroughs for the diagnosis & treatment of genetic diseases – and the daunting ethical challenges that these discoveries pose for humankind.

The Gene Explained - Animated Series
About The Gene: An Intimate History

Presented in partnership with

  • Penn State Behrend
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Production funding for KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY 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.