DNA Files is a series of public radio documentaries about genetic
research, its applications and its impact on our lives. The genetic
revolution affects us every day: our health, our food, our families.
The DNA Files documentaries explain how.
programs in the series are guided by advisors from many fields.
Some specialize in genetics; others have expertise in areas that
are directly related to or involved in genetic developments, such
as forensics, health care, insurance, psychology, and anthropology.
All share a desire to increase public understanding of genetic research
and its social impact.
DNA Files radio documentaries were first featured on National
Public Radio stations throughout the United States in November 1998.
In both series, host John Hockenberry guides listeners through discussions
and interviews that demystify genetic science, providing practical
information on current techniques, as well as possible implications
of breakthroughs yet to come. Can gene therapy treat cancer? Will
we be able to use genetics to design the personalities of our children?
Is it likely that a corporation will want to patent your DNA? The
DNA Files explores these issues and more.
radio series was developed in part by a grant from the Ethical,
Legal, and Social Issues program of the U.S. Department of Energy
Human Genome Program.