Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome (full documentary)


This phenomenal BBC documentary chronicles the promising research in gene therapy medicine ten years after the human genome was first mapped. The story is told through the eyes of 3 people with complex genetic diseases - a breast cancer survivor, a cystic fibrosis patient and a recovering alcoholic. Each of them undertakes a journey of discovering what were the major medical breakthroughs relevant to their respective condition and what is the current research and future promise of genetically targeted medical treatment.

Synopsis: A decade ago, scientists announced that they had produced the first draft of the human genome, the 3.6 billion letters of our genetic code.

It was seen as one of the greatest scientific achievements of our age, a breakthrough that would usher in a new age of medicine. A decade later, Horizon finds out how close we are to developing the life-changing treatments that were hoped for.

Horizon follows three people, each with a genetic disease, as they go behind the scenes at some of Britain's leading research labs to find out what the sequencing of the human genome has done for them - and the hope this remarkable project offers all of us.









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