We are pleased to announce that The PBS program, Bonnie Erbe’s To The Contrary, will be producing a three part documentary-style series of field pieces and discussion segments on genetic technologies and it’s impact in diagnosing rare disease. The series will air: Part 1: January 22-24, Part 2: February 19-21st and Part 3: March 26-28, please check local listings for the exact date and time.
The series will describe the evolution of DNA sequencing and will show how DNA may be an effective tool in understanding diseases. This series will also showcase the potential for DNA diagnostics in advancing patient care while building awareness and understanding of this innovative technology and its impact on the rare disease community.
PART 1: January 22-24
The first segment in this three part series 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 segment will provide an introduction and insight into DNA sequencing and the impact this technology has on diagnosing patients.
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.crdnetwork.org This program was made possible by a generous grant from the Life Technologies Foundation, in partnership with Children’s Rare Disease Network.

5 thoughts on “PBS' To The Contrary With Bonnie Erbe”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I attended the Conference on Rare Disease Research Registries as well. Seeing the level of commitment from many researchers and foundations was very comforting. In general the entire conference was spot on. I did hear two comments in the general sessions that were cause of some concern; a presenter from the government (wish I could remember who it was) mentioned that they hope to have standards in place for these registries by 2013; and the director of National Organization of Rare Disorders mentioned that there are 7,000 rare disorders and only 344 approved treatments for all these disorders. The numbers 344 frightened me since I can see that there is so much ground to cover and 2013 for a standard (forgetting the fact that it takes time to build registries after the standard is announced) sounds too far in the future.

  2. Anonymous says:

    this sounds very interesting. wish i could attend a conference like this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Will this be available on DVD after all three parts have aired? I can’t wait to see it… I missed part one this past weekend.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, we can provide you with the first dvd made available for part one if you would like!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nicole, that would be wonderful. I will email you my adsdress.

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