In-Depth Reporting (more than 20 minutes)
Sarah Holt and Laurie Donnelly
"Cracking Your Genetic Code"
28 March 2012
"Cracking Your Genetic Code" told about the emerging field of personalized medicine through the eyes of real people, including a cancer patient who appears to have cheated death and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize genetic abnormalities. But the program noted that in a new field, success and failure often intermix. It told of the frustrating and so-far unsuccessful hunt for genetic clues to an illness that has caused a bubbly 5-year-old to suffer multiple strokes. The program also discussed the moral dilemmas raised by the new era of genetic self-knowledge: Will it help or hurt us to know the diseases that may lie in our future (particularly if no treatments are now available) and what happens if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers or prospective mates? Janet Raloff, senior editor at Science News, said the NOVA program is "an example of probing, first-rate journalism. Compelling story lines kept you engaged from beginning to end." Steve Burns, an independent TV producer with long experience in science programming, said the broadcast is "full of great journalistic storytelling on a topic important and relevant to each of us." Holt, like Zimmer in the print category, also
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