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Mastervision, Inc. Building Blocks of Life. New York, NY: Mastervision, Inc. Examines the booming science and industry of genetics and how the "building blocks of life" have become the basis of genetic engineering. (2,3)

University of California San Francisco. Winding your way through DNA Symposium. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1992. Designed to educate the public and to encourage a dialogue about the scientific possibilities and social puzzles of recombinant DNA technology. This unique adventure in public education brought together some of the major figures in the development of the science and technology. (1-4)*

----------. Winding your way through DNA: On Becoming a Scientist. Santa Monica, CA: Pyramid Media, 1995. This fast-paced MTV-style video is designed to dispel some of the misconceptions about scientists and science. Three graduate students and a lab manager touch on several topics that include problem solving and dealing with setbacks; how science contributes to and affects people's lives; how dedication and flexibility work hand in hand to balance work and leisure; managing a career and family; and more. (1-4)*

----------. Winding your way through DNA: Stories from the Scientists. Santa Monica, CA: Pyramid Media, 1994. This documentary tells the story of two of the most famous partnerships in biology--those between Francis Crick and James Watsom, who discovered the structure of DNA, and between Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen, who pioneered the recombinant DNA techniques that revolutionized modern science. This 30-minute videotape weaves together interviews, animation, re-enactments, and historical footage to illustrate the participants' scientific achievements, personalities, and individual struggles with the challenge of discovery. (1-4)*

WGBH. The Secret of Life. Boston, MA: WGBH, 1993. This eight-part series gives an in-depth look at the scientific revolution involving DNA and its impact on our daily lives. (1-4)

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