Sometimes I complain about my Tivo. It thinks I like to cook and that I speak Portuguese. Neither of these things are correct (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But it must also know that I like science because it does find some nuggets that are suitable. And when I got back from a recent road trip of trainings on the UCSC Genome Browser it cracked me up to see the browser on my TV!
The segment is about finding genes related to autism. As a popular press sort of story it doesn’t quite get all the science right. There’s some phrasing of the description of autism that I think is incorrect–or misleading as it was described. But they talk about the importance of collections of DNA from affected families, they interview Mark Daly and Rudy Tanzi, and they show some software that identfies CNVs (copy number variations) and Rudy shows genes on the UCSC Genome Browser.
I like to see working scientists doing this kind of outreach. I think it is something we need more of. Click the image to go to the site and watch the piece (about 15 minutes long).
Specific episode and segment link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/0402/04.html