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The study of aDNA has helped illuminate the evolution of diseases, ancient migration patterns, the impacts of European colonization and much more. However, the new knowledge gained through the study of aDNA hasn’t come without costs and controversies — particularly regarding the ethical use of human genetic material from the past. What are the ethical issues at stake in aDNA?
Geneticists are addressing questions and time periods that archaeologists, linguists and historians have been poring over for decades. The 5,000 Genome Project is a collaboration between a wide range of professionals such as archaeologists, anthropologists, medical doctors, geologists, geneticists and bioinformaticians. Why is this interdisciplinary collaboration imperative for the success of the project? How do you ensure that this interdisciplinary cooperation can succeed?
One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. In many ways, brain disorders remain a scientific enigma, but ancient DNA analyses can provide insight into the evolutionary history of human diseases. Some Kind of Human is the story about an international team of researchers—under the direction of world renowned professor Eske Willerslev—and their relentless effort to map the genetic material of thousands of long-dead human beings. Their goal is to unlock the vault of knowledge about mental illness and thereby contributing to ground-breaking new approaches to the development of medicines and other treatments. The aim of the analyses is to glean new knowledge about brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and schizophrenia. The research team will not stop extracting DNA from ancient bones, teeth and sediments until they reach a staggering total of 5,000 complete ancient genomes—the entire DNA code of 5,000 ancient human beings.
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On the longer run, it is our aim with this documentary film
1. to increase awareness in the field of (1) archaeology and (2) genomics 2. to convey the importance of archeology and genomics and how scientific research contributes to a positive societal change 3. to convey the research in the field in an understandable way to a large audience 4. to show how a interdisciplinary group of researchers is shaping the future of archaeology and genomics 5. to show to inspire the next generation of scientists 6. to counteract fake news 7. to attract young scientist from all over the world 8. to convey the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation between the humanities and the natural sciences
As this film will be suited for social engagement, we hope for viewers to take action after seeing our film. Potential activities could include organizational partnerships, educational guides, targeted stakeholder/community screenings, social media strategies, multi-platform activity, or social change campaigns.
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