LIFE: Cracking the Code (an Eight-Part Prime-Time Television Series for Broadcast on PBS in the Fall of 1990)

July 15th, 1988 - March 31st, 1994 | PROJECT

WGBH Boston and its NOVA production group will produce a series of eight one hour television programs titled "Life: Cracking the Code". The series will cover recent advances in molecular biology, the record of personal quest and achievement of many of the biologists who have contributed to these advances, the social costs and benefits that have resulted and the ethical questions that new knowledge and new abilities in biology have generated. Individual programs will include "The Language of Life" on the discovery of DNA's role in molecular biology, "Molecular Machines" on proteins; "Designing the World to Order" on practical consequences of the new biology, "When Cells Rebel" on the processes involved in cancer, and "Between Self and Other" on the immune function. The series will be produced for prime time PBS evening broadcast to an audience of more than twelve million individuals by a co- production by the NOVA science unit at WGBH and the Chedd-Angier Production Company. Scientific advice and consulting will be provided by Harvard's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a project advisory committee composed of seven distinguished scholars chaired by Prof. David Baltimore. The series production budget will be approximately $ 4.2 million. This new science series on DNA, molecular biology and its new technologies will cover one of the great intellectual achievements of our time. It will provide timely information about an area of scientific discovery that is rapidly transforming many aspects of our life. The series will, in addition, document the rich recent history of molecular biology with the participation of many of the original researchers who are still alive and active in their fields.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Paula Apsell, Principal Investigator, WGBH
Graham Chedd, Co-Principal Investigator, WGBH


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8751813
Funding Amount: 500000


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Health and medicine | Life science | Nature of science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology