Renegade researcher Craig Venter develops a controversial "shotgun"
technique for sequencing DNA, then quits the National Institute of
Health in frustration over an institutional lack of imagination. He
quickly makes a fortune in the private sector, and becomes
simultaneously the most loved and hated figure of contemporary science.
A folksy doctor named Francis Collins inherits the U.S. government's
colossal Human Genome Project from no less a giant in the field than
James Watson. When his victory in the sequencing race is threatened by
Venter, he quickly makes the transition from apparent bumpkin to fierce
competitor. Kellie Silverstein, an eager young journalist, cuts
her teeth on the biggest science story of all time, the race to decipher
the dynamic code of life hidden within the human genome, while she
simultaneously runs a race with her own mortality. In the competition
to sequence the human genome, will the grand prize be the public good or
private profit? And how will three people, amid the frenzied race to
determine what makes a human being, discover their humanity?
Cast Size: 2 Males, 1
"In a very pleasing twist of expectations, some
fiercely human, comic moments make for breathtaking dramatic tension." - LA Weekly