The Gene: An Intimate History is a new four-hour documentary from the award-winning Ken Burns team and PBS, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil. The two-part series brings to life a historical biography of the human genome while exploring breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases and the complex ethical questions they raise. Part one premiered on PBS on April 7, illustrating the dawn of the modern age of genetics. Part two, premiering on PBS on April 14 at 8 pm, focuses on the revolution in the treatment of disease and the mapping of the human genome. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Luis Alberto Diaz, Jr., MD, Head of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, is a featured expert.
When referring to precision oncology, Dr. Diaz explained, “cancer isn’t one disease, not even two dozen diseases, its thousands of diseases and each of those is going to require its own strategy on how to treat and if we can’t treat, how do we detect it so early that it doesn’t kill you.”