Bonnie Erbe's "To The Contrary" program on PBS will be airing a three-part series on genetic technologies and their impact in diagnosing rare disease, beginning this week. The series will describe the evolution of DNA sequencing and show how DNA may be an effective tool in understanding diseases. Part 1 of the series begins Jan. 22-24; Part 2, February 19-21; and Part 3, March 26-28.
The first segment is set at Baylor Medical School, and profiles Dr. James Lupski and Dr. Richard Gibbs, who have published extensive research into Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a commonly inherited neurological disorder. This program was made possible by a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation, in partnership with Children’s Rare Disease Network. After the series airs, free copies of the show will be made available on DVD by request through the Children's Rare Disease Network at www.crdn.org.