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BLOODLINES Wins National Association of Science Writers Top Award
Published: November 22, 2004
Posted: December 02, 2004

The TV documentary "Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home," ([website]) written and produced by Noel Schwerin of Backbone Media, won the top broadcast award of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), beating out PBS, Discovery, as well as all news and commercial TV programs on science. The NASW award is regarded as the top science journalism award in the US. The topic of Bloodlines is the ethical, legal, and societal challenges emerging from the Human Genome Project and some of the difficulties and dilemmas caused by the interaction of cutting edge science and the law. The program was first broadcast on PBS stations in June 2003. The NASW award will be presented at an awards banquet on February 16, 2005, as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. "Bloodlines" has won a series of awards prior to this one. "Bloodlines" was originally funded with a grant from the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues element of the BER Human Genome Program.

Contact: Dan Drell, SC-72, (301) 903-4742
Topic Areas:

  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Human Genome Project (1990-2003)

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-72 Life Sciences Division, OBER)


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