Cracking the code [videorecording] / [presented by] Films for the Humanities & Sciences ; a production of Thirteen/WNET
- This program follows two young couples who have children born with the genetically transmitted illness epidermolysis bulosa. Each family wants to have another child, but only with the guarantee of a healthy child. A technique called preimplantation genetic diagnosis is used: eggs from the mother's body are fertilized, embryos are tested, and only genetically sound ones are implanted into the mother's womb. Interwoven with these stories are those of a four-year-old with SCID (boy-in-a-bubble syndrome), and the first child to have three biological parents-a mother, father, and a donor whose healthy cytoplasm made the mother's eggs viable for pregnancy. The ethical questions that arise from the use of these technologies are examined.
- Related Titles:
- Innovation (Television program)
- Participant/Performer Note:
- Narrator, Martin Sheen.
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