Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  54 minutes
Date:  1994
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: College/Adult/Professional
Color/BW:  Color
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The Burden of Knowledge

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Explores the difficult ethical issues arising from advances in biotechnology that make it possible to identify genetic defects during pregnancy.

The Burden of Knowledge

This provocative documentary explores the difficult ethical issues arising from advances in biotechnology that make it possible to identify genetic defects during pregnancy.

Featuring interviews with seven couples who were offered prenatal testing, along with healthcare and genetic specialists and people with disabilities, this video raises important questions about personal responsibility and the changing roles of science, medicine, and technology.

'Extremely evenhanded, giving everyone something to ponder, this involving and disquieting documentary is great fodder for discussion of medical ethics and health issues.' Irene Wood, Booklist

'Addresses these ethical dilemmas with sensitivity and compassion, objectivity and good science. Particularly appropriate for sharing with parents, it is must viewing for all professionals who care for children and families.' M. Harry Jennison, MD, Former Director, American Academy of Pediatrics


Zero to Three Training Institute
Association for Moral Education


Main credits

Conquest, Wendy (filmmaker)
Drake, Bob (filmmaker)
Elliott, Deni (filmmaker)

Other credits

Music, Charles Conquest.

Distributor credits

By Wendy Conquest, Bob Drake and Deni Elliott

By Wendy Conquest, Bob Drake and Deni Elliott

Docuseek2 subjects

Medical Ethics
Genetic Disorders
Maternal and Child Health

Distributor subjects

Ethical Dilemmas
Healthcare History and Policy


documentary; film; captioned video; genetics; gene; birth defect; prenatal testing; genetic testing ; genetic defect; genetic counseling; parents; parenting; children; childbirth; reproduction; reproductive; health care; healthcare; ethics; ethical; moral; morality; social policy; social problems; social issues; ; ; "The Burden of Knowledge"; The Fanlight Collection

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