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Understanding: The Power Of Genes

55 minutes 35 seconds

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To what degree are we genetically programmed with certain traits and abilities? Looks at recent technologies and scientific discoveries and considers the classic "nature versus nurture" discussion. Segments cover identical twins, the science of biotechnology, and the genetic inheritance of working dogs. Investigates the similarities in personality shared by identical twins. Explains how recent breakthroughs in genetics research and DNA have created new ways to solve crimes, breed (clone) animals, and extend human life. Discusses cross-species cloning, human cloning, and gene therapy. Shows how assistance and search-and-rescue dogs can be taught to overcome their inborn instincts and fear.

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Runtime: 55 minutes 35 seconds

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    Kim S. (Royal Palm Beach, FL)
    February 22nd, 2023 at 07:43 AM

    Very engaging. Students are ready to learn more about genetics and heredity after viewing the film.