The Gene

A historical biography of the human genome.


  • Part 1: Dawn of the Modern Age of Genetics

    Part One interweaves present-day stories with the discoveries of pioneers in genetics.


  • The Gene Explained | Gene Strike!

    Take a peek into the body's war room during the heat of battle with cancer.
  • The Gene Explained | Gene Whiz! It's a Boy!

    If you're curious about the origin of boys, look no further than the Y chromosome.
  • The Gene Explained | Good Genes Gone Bad

    What causes cancer and ways to calm down those "good genes that have gone bad."
  • The Gene Explained | Super Gene

    See what happens if DNA code gets deleted, put in the wrong place, or switched.
  • The Gene Explained | What the Gene Is That?

    See how scientists are expanding the DNA alphabet & what to look for in the search for E.T
  • Nancy Wexler | Haunted by a Gene

    Nancy Wexler reveals that she has inherited the disease she has spent her life studying.

About The Gene

“The Gene: An Intimate History” brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.