GOLDEN GENES

GOLDENE GENE

By Ursula HANSBAUER, Wolfgang KONRAD, Clemens STACHEL

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Documentary - Completed 2016

Stored in biobanks, frozen and bodiless, genes and the information they contain are turning into time travellers – be it a sheaf of barley, the stem cells of a polar bear or drops of human blood. Within this time capsule we also place old dreams: the re-creation of extinct animal species, putting an

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& Awards

NatureVision FF 2016
Matsalu Nature FF 2016
Wildlife Vaasa FF 2016
Kasseler Dokfest 2016
AFO Int. Festival of Science Documentary Films 2017
Krakow FF 2017
European FF Palic 2017
PariScience 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Environmental
    • Countries
    • AUSTRIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, FRENCH, MANDARIN
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ursula HANSBAUER, Wolfgang KONRAD, Clemens STACHEL
    • Producer(s)
    • Wolfgang KONRAD (LucFilm)
    • Synopsis
    • Gene data stored in biobanks — be it from a sheaf of barley, the stem cells of a polar bear or drops of human blood — are frozen, bodiless time travellers. In this time capsule we also place old dreams: the conservation of species threatened with extinction; the end of world hunger; and, the possibility of human life without illness or disease.
      The documentary film Golden Genes embarks on an expedition to some of the largest, oldest and most contemporary archives of life. We meet researchers fascinated by their greatest challenge – creating a network of biobanks capable of storing the immeasurable diversity of life. However, rapid technological developments in molecular biology maintain their hope that the sheer quantity of collected data will one day be sufficient for understanding life on our planet in its entirety.
      Golden Genes traces connections that, since the 1990s, have significantly shaped our society – connections between the rise of genetics and concern for nature. Between the preservation of biodiversity and the progressive construction of biobanks for human medicine. Between our fear of the future and our desire to be a part of nature.
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