Every scientific breakthrough is driven by a compelling human drama—scientists grappling with the fear of failure and the dream of success. Now, six Hollywood visionaries bring their personal touch to six stories that could change everything. Under the helm of these directors, Breakthrough uncovers remarkable scientific discoveries and modern-day revolutions in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology.
The six-part miniseries event kicks off tonight at 9/8c with “Fighting Pandemics,” but you can stream it early right now.
Much as technology leaps forward during times of war, the Ebola outbreak that began in 2014 is forcing medical science to evolve as quickly as the virus it’s fighting. This horror is provoking a revolution that may give birth to a world virtually free of pathogens. Scientists and medical practitioners working at the front lines of disease prevention and control are finding breakthrough ways to fight pandemic viruses, from antibiotics and vaccines to computer programs that predict how viruses spread. These life-saving tools, battle-tested in the current crisis, will be used to fight a wide range of killer viruses in the near future.
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Scientists at USAMRID, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious diseases, work with some of the most deadly forms of life on earth, killer viruses. Learn more.
In the premiere episode of this six-part series, Fighting Pandemics, director Peter Berg delves into the world of pioneers scrambling to stop an outbreak. Follow Dr. Maria Croyle, who has developed a revolutionary way to introduce a vaccine into a common cold virus; Erica Ollman Saphire, who organized a world-wide consortium to find an antibody treatment for viral hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola; and Dr. Ian Crozier, a World Health Organization virologist who fought Ebola in Sierra Leone until he contracted the disease himself and spent 40 agonizing days locked in an isolation ward at Emory University Hospital.
Visit natgeotv.com/breakthrough to explore the future implications of these breakthrough technologies through immersive interactive media and exclusive expert interviews.