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Genius for Genes

Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-06-3

Duration: 00:28:20

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Scientific research | Science | Agriculture | Biotechnology | Genetic engineering | Animals | PLANTS | HORSES


  • Campanella, Joseph Narrator
  • Snyder, Karen Producer
  • Denton, Randy Photographer
  • Laine, Robert Interviewee
  • Jaynes, Jesse Interviewee
  • Croughan, Timothy Interviewee
  • Croughan, Suzan Interviewee
  • Issel, Charles Interviewee
  • Montelaro, Ronald Interviewee
  • Godke, Robert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow” from June 3, 1988, features scientists from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge discussing their research using biotechnology. It includes interviews with: Dr. Robert Laine on the science behind genetic engineering; Dr. Jesse Jaynes on his work to create a potato with the same amount of protein as beef and his creation of two synthetic peptides; Dr. Timothy Croughan and Dr. Suzan Croughan on their development of disease resistant plant varieties at the Rice Research Station in Crowley; Dr. Charles Issel on the similarities between the swamp fever virus in horses and the AIDs virus; Dr. Ronald Montelaro on his development of a vaccine for swamp fever; and Dr. Robert Godke on his work in animal embryo engineering. Narrator: Joseph Campanella