Announced today is a collaboration between famed filmmaker Ken Burns and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee that will bring a new, three-hour documentary based on Mukherjee's best-selling 2016 book, The Gene: An Intimate History to PBS in the spring of 2020.
Commenting on the production, Mukherjee, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center, wrote: "Genes influence our forms and our fates, our behaviors and choices, and the forms, fates, behaviors and choices of every living being. We are living in an era when humans are beginning to read and write this 'code of codes'—our own code—with astonishing and unprecedented facility. Drawing elements from history, science, anthropology, ethics and medicine, this Ken Burns production will demonstrate how our understanding of genetics has evolved over the decades, and how deeply our future will be impacted by it."
The three-part series is now in active production. Actual air dates in 2020 have not yet been announced.
See also: PBS press release 30 July 2018, "PBS Announces Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History, New Collaboration with Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D."